Is Morgan Weaver part scorpion?
The Portland Thorns forward certainly looked like it during Wednesday night’s NWSL Challenge Cup match against visiting Angel City FC. In the 93rd minute, Weaver scored a montage-worthy stoppage-time goal off an assist from Christine Sinclair, leading the Thorns to a 3-2 win.
“I was just trying to get my foot on it,” Weaver said. “Last second, I put my leg in the air.”
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After the Thorns got off to a 2-0 start goals from Michele Vasconcelos and Izzy D’Aquila. Angel City rallied back in the second half with goals from Clarisse Le Bihan and Claire Emslie (penalty).
Weaver, who subbed into the game in the 69th minute, said she was determined to see Portland walk away with the Challenge Cup win.
“When I went on, I was like, ‘I’m not losing this game. I’m not tying. We need a win,'” she said.
Weaver also joked that her teammate Hina Sugita deserves some credit for helping her gain the flexibility needed to pull off the scorpion kick.
“Thank goodness for Hina,” she said. “She does these hip mobility (exercises) and I always watch and I’m like, ‘Gosh, I need to start doing that.’ And I’ve been doing it a lot more so I’m like, ‘Shoutout Hina!'”