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Alex Morgan extends Golden Boot lead as Sophia Smith notches brace

Alex Morgan (13) scored two more goals over the weekend. (Jesse Louie/Just Women's Sports)

There were goals galore in the NWSL on Sunday, with a total of 16 goals being scored across three matches.

Two of those goals came from Alex Morgan in San Diego Wave FC’s 3-0 win over NJ/NY Gotham FC. Her first goal in the 19th minute marked a personal season-best 10 goals for the striker, who later bested that mark with another goal in the 43rd.

She later added an assist on a goal by Makenzy Doniak.

Following the game, Portland’s Sophia Smith tweeted at Morgan to “slow down.” Morgan currently leads the race for the Golden Boot with 11 goals, while Smith sits in second place with eight.

Morgan responded in kind, saying that Smith needed to “bring those goals to qualifiers.” Both will leave their respective NWSL clubs for USWNT friendlies and the Concacaf W Championship, which will determine World Cup qualifying, later this month and into July.

Smith had a brace of her own on Sunday during Portland’s 6-0 win over the Orlando Pride. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn also notched a goal in that match — her first since 2019.

Also climbing up the Golden Boot board was Nichelle Prince, who notched the game-winner for Houston during their 4-3 win over the North Carolina Courage. Prince now has five goals on the season and sits in fourth place behind Mallory Pugh with six.

Morgan’s 11 goals already bests Ashley Hatch’s 10 goals last season, which was enough to win her the Golden Boot. It was the fewest goals a player needed to win the Golden Boot in NWSL history.

No player has ever scored 20 goals in an NWSL season, with Sam Kerr holding a league-record 18 during the 2019 season, however, Morgan is already over halfway to 20 less than halfway through the season.