Alex Morgan holds onto top spot in NWSL Golden Boot race

Alex Morgan #13 of the San Diego Wave FC runs with the ball in the first half against the Houston Dash at Torero Stadium on August 20, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The NWSL Golden Boot race is heating up, with this season’s goals tally already surpassing last year’s winning mark of ten goals.

Alex Morgan has held onto her spot atop the league goal scorers list, adding another finish to her haul Saturday, firing home a banger for her 12th goal of the season. The Taylor-Kornieck assisted finish also marked Morgan’s 50th regular-season NWSL goal.

The USWNT veteran isn’t alone in her quest for Golden Boot glory, though, with a group of young talent challenging Morgan for the top spot.

North Carolina’s Diana Ordonez has obliterated the NWSL rookie goals record this season, notching her ninth and tenth in the Courage’s 4-0 win over Chicago on Saturday. Her brace marks Ordonez’s tenth goal in 11 games, propelling her to third in the Golden Boot race behind Morgan and Sophia Smith, who sits in second with 11 goals.

Houston’s Ebony Salmon is also red-hot, notching her eighth goal of the 2022 campaign in the Dash’s loss to San Diego Saturday. The 21-year-old has alone outscored seven NWSL teams since July 16, going on a tear since being traded from Racing Louisville to Houston.

The English striker played just 75 minutes for Louisville this season before joining the Dash.

“I’m taking my anger from not playing in Louisville and I’m going to show what I can do here when I get on the pitch,” Salmon told The Striker Texas after her trade to Houston was announced. Salmon has undoubtedly shown what she is capable of, cementing herself as one of the most dangerous forwards in the NWSL right now.

The Golden Boot Race continues, with second-place Smith and third-place Ordonez facing off Wednesday in Portland’s matchup against North Carolina.