National Women's Soccer League

College Spotlight: Morgan Marlborough

If there’s one thing Morgan Marlborough knows well, it’s scoring.

The forward, hailing from Lee’s Summit, Mo., burst onto the scene in high school, breaking records across the board.

Under head coach Tim Richardson, Marlborough scored 232 goals in just four seasons, including 69 goals as a senior.

“[Morgan] makes the other team have to address her, and it pulls them out of the formation they like to play,” Richardson said.

In addition to scoring, Marlborough gave 46 assists to her Lee’s Summit North High School teammates, while leading the team to a four-year record of 83-14-2.

And the scoring didn’t stop when the 2009 All-State Player of the Year left Missouri to attend the University of Nebraska.

In her three seasons with the Cornhuskers, Marlborough racked up 59 goals and 25 assists, becoming one of the deadliest threats in collegiate soccer.

“There’s nothing flashy about her personality or anything like that,” Nebraska coach John Walker said. “She’s just well-grounded and she’s just a friendly person.”

She may not be flashy, but her goals certainly are.

The natural-born goal scorer appeared to be on top of the world following her junior season, but something was missing.

After failing to make a single College Cup appearance during her time in Nebraska, Marlborough decided it was time to move on.

“I wanted to develop individually, and play professionally for the U.S. teams,” Marlborough said after deciding to transfer out of Nebraska. “It was time for me to go.”

Marlborough’s transfer decision took her more than 1,500 miles westward, to Santa Clara University.

Due to NCAA transfer eligibility rules, Marlborough was red shirted in 2012 and had to watch her new team from the bench.

And in 2013, Marlborough came back.

The 6’0” forward made 22 appearances (starting in all matches) during her senior season with the Broncos, finding the back of the net 15 times.

More importantly, Marlborough was able to make her first appearance in the NCAA College Cup.

Though she couldn’t get on the score sheet during the tournament, Marlborough set up the opening goal during the team’s second match of the tournament—a 2-1 victory over Boston University.

In the Broncos’ third round match, the team squared off against Virginia Tech. When extra time finished, and the score was still tied up, the match came down to penalties.

Like two of her teammates, Marlborough failed to score her penalty in a heartbreaking end to the team’s 16-4-2 season.

With the second-ever National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft just two days away, playing against some of the world’s best could be just what Morgan Marlborough needs to break onto the international scene.


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