Posted on July 28, 2012
CONVENTRY, England — Christine Sinclair scored twice in the second half after Melissa Tancredi gave Canada the lead in the sixth minute in a 3-0 Group F game at the Olympic women’s soccer tournament on Saturday.
The Canadians (four points) improved to 1-0-1, while South AFrica fell to 0-2-0.
“It was a must-win for us, so it does feel good to execute the game plan the way we wanted,” Canada’s Carmelina Moscato said.
Sinclair increased her career goal total to 139, second in active players to U.S. striker Abby Wambach, who tallied No. 140 in a 3-0 victory over Colombia on Saturday
“All credit to the girls. They did their job,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “I’m very happy with the performance but just wish we could have got another goal as it could have helped us later in the competition.”
Sinclair found the back of the net in the 57th and 86th minutes.
“You can contain her for a period of time and when she’s on, she’s on,” Herdman said. “I think that’s the mark of truly great players, some days they’re just unstoppable.”
“Melissa Tancredi is scoring goals around her and I think that’s taken a little bit of weight off Christine’s shoulders.”
Photo: Christine Sinclair scored twice for Canada. Scott Bales
Categories: Canada, North America, Olympic Qualifying, Women
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi