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Twila Kilgore ‘trusts Alex Morgan’ despite missed penalty kick

Alex Morgan takes a penalty kick during the USWNT's 0-0 draw with Colombia on Oct. 26. (Alex Goodlett/USSF/Getty Images for USSF)

Alex Morgan missed her second penalty kick of the year for the U.S. women’s national team in Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Colombia.

The 34-year-old striker is now 4-for-7 all time from the spot for the U.S. women’s national team. Only one player has more missed penalty kicks for the USWNT: Carli Lloyd, who missed four of her 16 career attempts.

Even still, interim head coach Twila Kilgore said Thursday that she still trusts Morgan to be the one to step up to the spot.

“I trust Alex Morgan to take penalties and she’s not going to be satisfied with that,” she said. “We’re not satisfied with that. But I trust quite a few of our players in these moments. And when they’re called upon, they will do their best. And sometimes you make them and sometimes you miss them. The expectation is that they do execute, but I trust Alex.”

Overall, Kilgore wasn’t satisfied with the number of shots the USWNT created. The penalty kick represented one of the USWNT’s few strong chances throughout the match, and the team finished with just two shots on target.

“The issue was more that we weren’t moving the ball with enough pace in order to find the free player fast enough for [Colombia] not to recover,” Kilgore said, noting that she didn’t think changing the midfield trio of Lindsey Horan, Andi Sullivan and Emily Sonnett would help.

“I think that has to do with the pace of the ball coming in, information around, those sort of things,” she continued. “I think we just need to trust some of the things that we’re trying to do and play a little bit quicker. This team is a team that’s being challenged to make quicker decisions. And when we don’t hesitate and we do those things and we execute a little bit faster, we find more success.”