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Mia Fishel: Alex Morgan’s advice ‘made me score a goal’

Mia Fishel celebrates her first USWNT goal with midfielder Lindsey Horan during a 3-0 win against Colombia on Oct. 29. (Brad Smith/Getty Images for USSF)

Mia Fishel scored her first international goal Sunday for the U.S. women’s national team — with some help from veteran forward Alex Morgan.

While Morgan wasn’t in the game at the time of Fishel’s header in the 56th minute, she did give Fishel “a few pointers” that helped her score the goal, Fishel said after the USWNT’s 3-0 win against Colombia.

Morgan, 34, played the first half of the match at San Diego’s Snapdragon Stadium. Fishel, 22, replaced her at halftime as a substitute, and opened the scoring for the USWNT just over 10 minutes later.

“I was watching Alex Morgan, her movement, the space that was in front of her, the spaces behind,” Fishel said. “At halftime, she came up to me and gave me a few pointers and it made a difference. It made me score a goal, just sitting in the right spot.”

As for the goal itself, which came in Fishel’s hometown of San Diego, she said it was “a dream.”

“Oh my god. It was a dream,” she said. “I mean, every little girl dreams of being on this team to be here and to be able to score with my family and friends in the stands, it’s just amazing.”

Both Fishel and Jaedyn Shaw got on the board with their first international goals, and interim USWNT head coach Twila Kilgore said the coaching staff is “really pleased” with how the two young players have stepped up.

“We’ve introduced them to the environment with little pressure,” she said. “They’ve been dressed, had an opportunity to learn specific things and then got their first caps and then got extended point in time and made the most of it. We’re really, really pleased with how they’ve seized those opportunities.”

As for Fishel, Kilgore praised her for doing “a really good job” of settling the ball back to goal.

“Obviously, scoring a goal is a big thing and something that we talked about across the whole team,” she said.