Alex Morgan converted on a gorgeous volley in final game of the year to cap the USWNT's undefeated 2018 campaign

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesSuperstar Alex Morgan has scored 18 goals in 19 games during the 2018 season.
  • The USWNT wrapped up its 2018 slate with a 1-0 win against 19th-ranked Scotland to remain undefeated on the year.
  • Superstar striker Alex Morgan netted a beautiful volley in the 39th minute for her 98th goal in international play.
  • The U.S. will look to carry the momentum from their 28-game unbeaten streak through the new year and to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Less than two months removed from a World Cup year, the U.S. Women’s National Team is riding high.

The team wrapped up its 2018 slate with a 1-0 win against 19th-ranked Scotland to remain undefeated on the year. They will take a 28-game unbeaten streak into 2019 and look to carry that momentum into the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer.

Superstar striker Alex Morgan netted a beautiful volley off a cross from Mallory Pugh in the 39th minute for her 18th goal in 19 games and her 98th in international play.

“It’s been great this year being undefeated,” Morgan said. “I don’t feel like this was our strongest performance by any means, but I do have to give credit to Scotland. I feel like they played very well. They’re a pretty physical team and… it’s a team we could very well see in the World Cup.”

Though they have been dominant throughout the 2018 campaign, the USWNT had a few scares in Tuesday’s contest. Thirty minutes into the match, Scotland had back-to-back opportunities to score. Morgan barely cleared a deflected corner kick off of the goal line before Scottish star Jane Ross won the ball back from Pugh and chipped a ball just north of the crossbar.

The U.S. players began to settle in once Morgan scored, and the offensive opportunities poured in from there. In the 53rd minute, midfielder Julie Ertz had a chance to send one home from the top of the box. Carli Lloyd ran on a ball from Pugh and heeled it to Morgan just outside of the six-yard box. Morgan then sent the ball back out to Ertz who blasted a low shot that was deflected on its way towards the corner of the goal.

Then, in the 62nd minute, Pugh ran onto a pass from Lloyd and was pushed from behind in the box. Lloyd stepped to the line for the penalty kick and powered the ball off of the crossbar.

Scotland nearly countered, but the U.S. managed to control the pace of the game from there. The USWNT will return to the field January 19 to take on France in Le Havre.

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