Michelle Cooper made history Sunday, scoring the fastest goal in NWSL history.
The goal also represented a personal milestone for the Kansas City Current rookie as her first regular season NWSL goal.
The former Duke star, who was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 draft, scored just 22 seconds into Sunday’s match. She beat out Rocky Rodriguez’s record of 24.76 seconds set back in 2017. While Cooper had scored her first professional goal in a Challenge Cup match in May, she had not scored during the regular season.
RECORD BREAKER!!!Michelle Cooper scores the fastest goal in NWSL history, just 23 seconds after the opening whistle. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/iEVZWosZdG— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) June 18, 2023
RECORD BREAKER!!!Michelle Cooper scores the fastest goal in NWSL history, just 23 seconds after the opening whistle. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/iEVZWosZdG
The early goal also marks the first time that a rookie has scored in the opening minute of a match across all NWSL competitions.
Still, the history-making goal was not enough, as Kansas City squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Spirit.
“At the end of the day it comes down to the little moments, and we slipped up in those moments,” Cooper said. “We know we must go into the next game better.”