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Morgan Weaver scores game-winning goal in WICC final over Lyon

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In the 87th minute of the Women’s International Champions Cup championship against French club Olympique Lyonnais, Morgan Weaver made a run that proved to be the difference-maker.

She collected the ball from Christen Westphal from within the box while Lyon's keeper misread the ball placement, allowing the former No. 2 overall pick to sneak the ball in the far, bottom corner of the net.

Then Providence Park exploded.

Weaver had subbed onto the pitch in the 82nd minute in her first action since missing extended time with an injury. Five minutes later, she earned the breakthrough and eventual game-winner.

"I think it's just the mentality that everyone has on this team that we want to win," Weaver said. "If it's your moment it's your moment, and if it's not, you're still in the moment with the team, and that's all that really matters."

With the win, Portland became the second United States club team to win the Women’s ICC tournament. In fact, this was the first time Thorns FC played a European club in its history. 

When the club hoisted the WICC trophy at Providence Park, it was the sixth trophy in franchise history and second in 2021 alone. 

Crystal Dunn, Lindsey Horan, and Christine Sinclair all made their first appearances since returning from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as second half substitutes.

Next, it's back to NWSL play with Portland hosting NJ/NY Gotham FC at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. PST on Wednesday, August 25th.