Aug 3, 2012; Newcastle, United Kingdom; USA forward Alex Morgan (13) jumps over New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon (1) while trying to score in the second half of the women's quarterfinal match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Pac-12 players contributed to both the goals in Team USA's victory in the quarterfinals.
Alex Morgan couldn't put any goals into the net in the 2-0 victory for the United States over New Zealand, but she sure did find other ways to make her impact felt. Morgan had another deft touch in her second straight game to set up a connection with her teammate Abby Wambach to give the United States the early 1-0 lead. Morgan isn't just scorching off to a record pace in goals for the USWNT; she now has 11 assists on the season, which is a team-high this year.
However, the assist probably won't be what people are talking about regarding Morgan. The ugly-looking collision with New Zealand goalie Jenny Bindon after the jump.
Morgan was able to walk off and was later subbed out, so hopefully it was nothing more than just a painful injury that both athletes will be able to endure and overcome in the upcoming days.
With all the huballoo surrounding Morgan's dangerous-looking injury, it'd be remiss not to mention Sydney Leroux (UCLA) coming in for Morgan as a sub, then drilling what turned out to be the icing goal of the match. You could tell she was a bit happy with that.
This result eliminates Betsy Hassett (Cal), Ryan Nelsen and Ali Riley (Stanford) as well as Rosie White (UCLA) from the New Zealand squad, leaving the USA with the only Pac-12 representatives left.