Posted on July 14, 2012
CHATE-Saint-Denis, Switzerland — Striker Christine Sinclair scored her 16th international goal of the season, tying her Canadian record in a 2-0 pre-Olympic win over New Zealand on Saturday.
Diana Matheson also tallied in the opening match at the Match world Women’s Cup 2012 at Stade de Lussy.
Sinclair, who set her record in 2007, raised her international total to 136 goals in 183 appearances.
“It was a really strong performance,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “They took a couple of steps today. They were really resolute to sticking to certain things to which they said they would.”
Sophie Schmidt, who assisted on both goals, was named the player of the match. Sinclair was playing in her 39th consecutive game, the fifth-longest streak in Canadian history.
All four teams competing in this competition are preparing for the Women’s Olympic soccer tournament. The second game of the doubleheader paired Brazil against Colombia.
On Tuesday, Canada will meet Brazil after Colombia tussles with New Zealand.
The Canadians complete their training camp on Wednesday, when they fly to England. They will be based in Coventry for their first two games — Japan on July 25 and South Africa on July 28 before meeting Sweden in Newcastle on July 31.
Photo: Christine Sinclair scored her 136th international goals. Scott Bales/YCJ
Categories: Canada, North America, Olympic Qualifying
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson, John Herdman, Match world Women's Cup 2012, Stade de Lussy.