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16-Year-Old Scores Historic Goal In NWSL

Olivia Moultrie becomes the youngest player ever to score a goal in the NWSL.

Olivia Moultrie is a midfielder for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. The Thorns have had the highest average attendance in the league in each of their first seven seasons. They are very popular. 

During Sunday's match against the Houston Dash, Moultrie made history by becoming the youngest goalscorer in NSWL history. 

The goal put Portland ahead 3-0 in the 74th minute. Moultrie got the pass from teammate Sophia Smith and shot from close range. The Thorns ended up winning 4-0. The fourth goal scored by the Thorns came on an assist from Moultrie to Smith. Quite the dynamic duo. 

Moultrie signed with the team in 2021 when she was only 15. This was obviously below the league's minimum age of 18. Eventually, Moultrie and the NWSL eventually reached a settlement that allowed her to suit up for the Thorns.


Gender paradigms are being challenged throughout American society. Recently, Kelsie Whitmore became the first woman to pitch in the Atlantic baseball league. Alyssa Nakken became the first woman MLB coach to be on the field, and Rachel Balkovec became the first woman manager in MLB minor league history. It is easy to see these incidents and be proud and talk of how positively the world is changing. There should be a little celebration of these moments, but we also can all utter a collective cry of, "it's about time." Societal changes come at a snail's pace, but at least all these dominoes are starting to fall.