Alex Morgan scores 100th career goal as U.S. Women's Team tops Australia 5-3
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (FOX 11) - As the U.S. Women's National Team defeated world No. 6 Australia on Thursday night, Alex Morgan celebrated a milestone after netting her 100th career international goal.
The team defeated Australia 5-3 in an exhibition at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
Morgan's goal came in her 159th match, becoming the 7th player in U.S. Women's team history to join the 100-goal club. It was also her second of 2019.
Morgan, a Southern California native, got the milestone marker when she fought off an Australian defender to gain control off a pass from Crystal Dunn. She then maneuvered around defender Alanna Kennedy and beat goalkeeper Lydia Williams with a well-placed shot to the right in the 14th minute.
The match was also a homecoming for Colorado natives Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan, with Pugh scoring twice in the match.
The U.S. is 3-1-2 in the first six games of the Countdown to the Cup. The Americans have four games left leading up to the Women's World Cup in France from June 7 to July 7, including one against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
The U.S. team will start defense of its World Cup title against Thailand on June 11 in Reims, France.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will air on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports app.
FOX 11 reported on this story from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.