The United States women's national team got its 2019 World Cup run started Tuesday afternoon in Reims, France, with a bang. The 29-year-old scored the USA's first, fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th goals, becoming just the second player in the history of the Women's World Cup to net five goals in a single game.
12th minute, 1-0 USA: Alex Morgan rewards USA for its early dominance with the opening goal. The defending champs were expected to win easily over Thailand in their tournament opener, but most people didn't think the scoreboard would look quite this lopsided.
Jill Ellis' side had the three points in the bag with a 3-0 lead at half time but impressively, they did not let up after the break against a Thailand side who were well and truly out of their depth, the second half ending in truly embarrassing fashion for the underdogs.
Samantha Mewis opened the floodgates five minutes after the break as United States of America made life miserable for the Thais by regularly finding the back of the net. Alex Morgan had five goals, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis scored two each, while Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Megan Rapinoe added goals as well.
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"We really wanted to showcase ourselves and what we've been preparing for and working on and I think we did that", said Morgan.
"Every goal matters in this tournament", Morgan told Fox Sports after the final whistle.
Substitute Madelen Janogy then scored a fine individual strike - her second worldwide goal - in the fifth minute of stoppage time to wrap up all three points. The United States has a fairly easy schedule in the group stages, something that could take away from them winning the group and advancing into the knockout stages. Both of those numbers constitute Women's World Cup records.