2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Canada vs Haiti

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER, B.C. – It was the Christine Sinclair show at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver last night. Team Canada defeated 62nd ranked Haiti 6-0 in the first of three 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying “Group A” matches for the host country. Canada trounced Haiti and out-played them with their speedy and aggressive attack for the full 90 minutes and extra time.

Christine Sinclair proved once again why she’s one of the greatest female soccer players in the world. Sinclair scored 4 goals and added an assist like it was a piece of cake. Sinclair now has 124 international goals for her country. Coach John Herman was delighted with Sinclair’s performance after the game: “She’s outstanding. I think certain players rise to the occasion. She can do it under pressure and any circumstances. She took the match ball home tonight and I think she’ll cherish this one.”

Christina Julien opened the scoring early for Canada in the 7th minute when midfielder Sophie Schmidt fed Sinclair who passed the ball over to a wide-open Julien who hammered the ball into the Haitian net.

Canada kept coming with offensive flair, Christine Sinclair scored her first goal in the 24th minute thanks to a lovely pass from Rhian Wilkinson. Sinclair’s shot had just enough on it to get past Haitian goalkeeper Ednie Limage who just caught a piece of the ball.

Sinclair put Canada ahead 3-0 in the 43rd minute when she was left alone in the slot again. Kelly Parker made a pass to Julien who dished it over to Sinclair who rifled the ball into the left side of the net. The crowd of 7627 fans went crazy.

As the 2nd half got underway it was much of the same story for both teams, Canada continued to dominate and Haiti continued to look dreadful. In the 54st minute Christine Sinclair completed her 10th career hat-trick for Canada after Melissa Tancredi made a beautiful no look lob pass to Sinclair who controlled the ball off her knee before scoring.

In the 61st minute play halted to a stop when Haiti’s goalkeeper Ednie Limage went down with a suspected back injury after a collision with a teammate. Limage had been playing lights out for most of the game until she was taken off on a stretcher. Haitian Coach Ronald Luxieux had this to say about his goalkeepers injury after the game: “We don’t know many details. We know she was suffering and was taken to the hospital but we don’t have any update. We think it may be a spinal injury.”

Haitian goalkeeper Geralda Saintillius came on for Limage and made absolutely no difference for Haiti. Sinclair scored again in the 84th minute when she took a penalty kick for Canada and converted with a sneaky strike to the right side of the net. Despite her phenomenal 4 goal game Sinclair was modest after the game: “I think the one that sticks out is the one that Melissa Tancredi flicked over her head to me. It’s a very unique goal that’s just the one that sticks out.”

Team Canada’s last goal was scored after the 90th minute in extra time when Regina, SK, native Kelly Parker scored after her excellent perseverance. Parker’s first attempt on goal hit the bottom of the post before coming back to her, Parker’s second attempt found the back of the net.

Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc didn’t have much work to deal with. Haiti barley manged to formulate any dangerous attack on the Canadian goalkeeper. LeBlanc had a great view of Christine Sinclair’s tremendous evening from her not so busy net. LeBlanc said this about Sinclair after the game: “I think Christine played the way that we know she can play. She’s a dangerous passer and a dangerous finisher she’s a complete player and she showed that tonight.”

Canada suffered a costly injury right before the end of the first half when. Lauren Sesselmann went down. Sesselmann was attended to by trainers before limping off to the sidelines. Chelsea Stewart came on for Sesselmann after halftime. Canadian Coach John Herdman said this about Sesselmann’s injury after the game: “Lauren took a bit of a knock on the knee. We’ll probably not know until tomorrow. She definitely couldn’t come back out on the pitch.”

Canada plays its next game on Saturday night at 7:30pm when they take on 96th ranked Cuba. Cuba lost 2-0 to Costa Rica in the opening game of the tournament on Thursday.

Notes:  A moment of silence was held before the game for Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke who passed away from her injuries after a training accident in a Utah on January 10th.

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