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Alex Morgan’s lone goal lifts San Diego over Courage

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Alex Morgan is inevitable, scoring her sixth goal of the NWSL regular season to clinch San Diego the 1-0 victory over North Carolina Sunday.

The veteran striker broke the scoreless deadlock in the 40th minute, splitting the Courage backline before firing a low shot past Casey Murphy. Morgan’s finish marked her tenth goal across all competitions so far this season.

The 1-0 scoreline held through the second half as both clubs’ goalkeepers came up with critical saves in the later stage of the matchup.

San Diego’s victory keeps the team atop the NWSL standings with 10 points behind a 4-0-1 record on the season. The Courage, on the other hand, has yet to win a match since claiming the NWSL Challenge Cup title, falling to last in the league table after recording three-straight losses.

Next up: The Wave will return to the west coast to face off against OL Reign at Lumen Field on Sunday at 3 pm ET.