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Two-time World Cup winner Alex Morgan scored her first goal in English football’s top flight on Sunday afternoon, converting a penalty in the 84th minute for Tottenham Hotspur and sealing a 3-1 victory in home to Brighton.
Morgan was one of several high-profile arrivals to join the Women’s Super League (WSL) last summer. However, while compatriots Sam Mewis and Tobin Heath have quickly adjusted to life with Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, Morgan has sprung into action.
The 31-year-old forward only made her long-awaited debut for the Spurs in November, 444 days since she last participated in a professional game after giving birth in May. So encompassing is Morgan’s fame compared to the relatively modest status of Tottenham’s female side, that the new recruit garnered an unholy amount of attention before even setting foot on the field.
In just his third WSL appearance for the Spurs, Morgan opened his goal tally from the penalty spot, scoring Tottenham’s third goal in a 3-1 win over Brighton at home. Kerys Harrop put the hosts ahead 11 minutes into the game before Brighton’s Inessa Kaagman equalized with a penalty just after half an hour.
Angela Addison made it 2-1 20 minutes after the break before Morgan added a layer of shine to the scoreboard with a well-converted left-foot penalty. Morgan had missed his first penalty for the Lilywhites on a Continental Cup penalty shootout against north London rivals Arsenal in mid-November, but made no mistake with his attempt on Sunday.
Before the game, the Spurs had tallied six measly goals in their first seven WSL games and were one of only two teams in the division yet to score a single victory. This dismal start to the campaign led to the dismissal of the club’s two head coaches, Karen Hills and Juan Amorós, the day after Tottenham’s Continental Cup clash with Arsenal.
Three points earned Sunday by incoming coach Rehanne Skinner, who took over her first league game since being named, doubled the club’s paltry points tally.