Alex Morgan closed her career as a Golden Bear the same manner in which she began it - as the California women's soccer team's season- leading scorer. Morgan concluded her four years in Berkeley tied for the third all-time scorer in California history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in terms of points 107. If Morgan had not been helped the U.S. Senior National team quality for the 2011 World Cup, she would no doubt hold first place in both of those categories.
As a senior, she played in only 12 games for the Bears due to being called up to the U.S. National Team. Despite her limited time with Cal in 2010, she still led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and was first in the nation for the majority of the season in goal scoring. Regardless of the goals and points accumulated, Morgan holds her own in terms by her accolades alone. She capped off her career with her first-ever NSCAA All-American honors, collecting first-team placement. A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, the Diamond Bar, Calif., native earned first-team conference laurels in 2010 and 2009 and was a player of the year candidate in both seasons. A two-time member of the watch list for the Hermann Trophy - the most prestigious award in women's soccer - Morgan became the first California player to ever be named one of the top-three finalists. The 5-7 forward was also one of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport.
She led her Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice. A Pac-10 All-Freshman pick and second-team Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American and second-team Soccer America All-Freshman in 2007, she started 15 of the 17 games she played in as a freshman, pacing Cal with 18 points and eight goals.
Morgan garnered key international experience during the fall of her sophomore season of 2008, scoring the eventual gamewinner to help the U.S. under-20 national team to gold medals at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Dec. 7. The gamewinner was her fourth goal of the tournament and won the Silver Ball as the tournament's second-best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer. While Morgan missed several games that year, she still finished atop the Cal squad in multiple categories - points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39). In 2009, she had a career season-high 14 goals and eight assists for 36 points, skyrocketing her to the All-Pacific-Region second team.
Equally talented on the pitch as she is in the classroom, she was named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District team. She graduated in December 2010, a full semester early thanks to her dedication in the offseason and summer, with a degree in political economy. She has been lauded for her studies as a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
What the Coaches Are Saying:
No doubt Cal's biggest scoring threat
Her time with the U.S. under-23 national team has enhanced her overall ability, making her a much more mature and complete player
Plays with great pace, is great in the air and has a knack for finishing with both feet
Has become more of a complete player
Can take players on 1-v-1 and slash in behind the backline
Has developed her back to pressure capabilities, which has made her harder to defend
As a Senior (2010):
Paced Cal in multiple categories - goals (14), points (30), shots (64)
Named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District team
Helped the U.S. National Team qualify for the World Cup
Capped off her career with her first-ever NSCAA All-American honors, collecting first-team placement
All-Pac-10 First Team member and player of the year candidate
One of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy Award and one of four finalist for the Honda Award for women's soccer
As a Junior (2009):
Led the Bears in goals (14), assists (8), points (36), shots (97) and shots on goal (55)
Registered three game-winning goals
Scored three goals in Cal's 4-1 win over Nevada and two to lead the Bears to victory against SMU
Named to the All-Pac-10 first team
Herrmann Trophy watch-list member
Lauded as CS360's primetime performer of the week after scoring two goals and dishing out one assist in the games against Oregon and Oregon State
Joined the senior national team for training camp and multiple games in the Cal offseason
Placed on the All-Pacific Region second team
Earned a Pac-10 all-academic honorable mention
As a Sophomore (2008):
Finished top on the Cal squad in multiple categories - points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39)
Named to the Soccer Buzz All-West Region Team second team and was an Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention
Scored the eventual gamewinner to help the U.S. under-20 national team to gold medals at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup on Dec. 7 for her fourth goal of the tournament
Won the Silver Ball as the tournament's third-best player and the Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer
Notched a hat trick in the 5-1 victory against Oregon
Had two assists versus San Jose State
As a Freshman (2007):
Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick
Second-team Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American and second-team Soccer America All-Freshman
Third-team Soccer Buzz All-West region honoree
Started 15 of the 17 games she played in
Missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle
Led Cal in points (18) and goals (8)
Tallied game-winning goals against San Diego State, Saint Mary's and No. 1 Santa Clara
Posted a hat trick against Saint Mary's and had two goals at Arizona State
In the spring, posted a hat trick in Cal's 3-2 win over 19-time national champion North Carolina
Slated as a Top-50 recruit by Soccer Buzz and played for the U.S. under-17 national team
NSCAA All-American and a three-time all-league pick at Diamond Bar High School
Scholar-athlete all four years
A member of the ODP state team since 2004 and starred on the ODP Region IV squad in 2005 and 2006
Captained her team to the 2006 Cal South national title and helped the Cypress Elite club team to the CSL Gold U16 crown and to third place at the CSL Premier U19 Championship
Lettered in track for two years and played volleyball in high school
Enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding
Parents are Michael and Pamela Morgan Morgan's Career Statistics:
Year G GS Shots Goals Ast Pts 2007 17 15 35 8 2 18 2008 17 14 76 9 5 23 2009 21 21 97 14 8 36 2010 12 11 64 14 2 30 Totals 67 61 272 45 17 107
Alex Morgan off the Pitch:
Full Name: Alexandra Patricia Morgan
Nickname(s): Alex, Ali, Al, Ali Cat, A-Mor
I Chose Cal because...I wanted to be a part of the Cal soccer family, and I wanted to go to a school recognized for academics. Oh, and you won't find any city like Berkeley, and I love it!
My favorite thing about the Bay Area is...BART! I take it all the time into the City.
Something on my iPod that might surprise you is...Kings of Leon. I love that band.
The most interesting thing I did this summer was...I went to Madrid for a month to learn Spanish...and I came back fluent! Well...almost fluent.
When I'm upset, I like to...talk to my boyfriend or my parents.
I get mad when I miss these TV shows: "Lost" and "Gossip Girl"
The best moment in sports history was when...I scored in the U-20 World Cup final. The first few seconds after, I really couldn't even believe what just happened. I just stood there, shocked. It's definitely a moment I will always remember.
Cal is better than other schools because...we have tradition! I mean, we were the first public school established in California!
Something I learned from my parents is...that it takes a long time to build trust, but it can be lost in a instant. Gain trust from others and keep it. Thanks Mom and Dad!
If I wasn't a soccer player, I would be...a volleyball player. If not that, a softball player. I'm too competitive not to play a sport!
Do you have any hidden talents? I bake the best funfetti cake, well at least I think I do! I am also sort of a human alarm clock. When I need to wake up at a certain time, I will set my alarm clock, but I always wake up three minutes before my alarm clock goes off!
What is one thing about your hometown that you miss? My friends, my car and my house that I moved into when I was three.
Which words of phrases do you overuse? "Dude," though I don't know why, "are you serious???" And "you crazy"