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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2000

    Canada destroys Guatemala at women's Gold Cup

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CP) -- Teenage sensation Christine Sinclair scored three goals as Canada defeated Guatemala 12-0 Wednesday in the women's soccer Gold Cup.

     Canada (2-1-0) finished second in Group B. China (3-0-0) won the group after beating Mexico 3-0 in the other match Wednesday.

     Canada will play the U.S. in the semifinals on Saturday while China takes on Brazil in the other semifinal.

     "It's a good performance. To score 12 goals was good," said Canadian head coach Even Pellerud. "But they should have scored 15 more. We had a lot of problems with the referee."

     Sinclair, a 17-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., continued her torrid scoring pace for the national team. She now has five goals in the tournament, bringing her career international total to 14 goals in 14 appearances.

     "Her performance was decent," Pellerud said. "What can I say, she scores goals, but overall her performance was decent."

     Canada outshot Guatemala 35-0 and had 15 corner kicks to Guatemala's one.

     Christine Latham of Calgary also scored three times as a Canadian side featuring a number of subs, outclassed and outplayed the overmatched Guatemalans.

     Charmaine Hooper of Nepean, Ont., continued her comeback, scoring twice in an eight-goal second half.

     Hooper, 32, returned to the national side after a lengthy absence because of stress fractures in her legs.

     "I used mostly substitutes today, because they have to get used to the speed," said Pellerud, who wasn't pleased with the team's start. "But after the first 20 minutes, we played well."

     Andrea Neil of Vancouver, Tanya Franck of Toronto, Amy Walsh of St-Bruno, Que., and Kristina Kiss of Kanata, Ont., also scored for Canada.

     The U.S team beat Canada 4-0 in the Nike Cup in May and 9-1 last month in the Pacific Cup in Australia. The Americans have beaten the Canadians in 21 of 22 meetings, including the last 20 in a row since a 2-1 Canada win in 1986.

     "We have two days to rest and prepare and that was good for us," said Pellerud, noting the team still will work on a lot of things in the upcoming days.

     "We have to work on our playing solid defence, counterattacks, try to add more confidence to the team".

     "Our team has improved tremendously (since the game in Australia)," Latham said. "If we play the way we know we can play, our team has the potential to play with them and beat them."



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