Soccer  > General Soccer  > Sinclair carries Canada past Guyana 8-0
October 31, 2010, 09:36 PM
CANCUN, Mexico - Christine Sinclair scored four goals and assisted on another to lead Canada to a 8-0 victory over Guyana on Sunday, putting the North Americans on the cusp of the semifinals at the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying.

Jonelle Filigno scored two and Christine Julien and Kara Lang also had goals for Canada, which improved to six points after two matches in Group A. It awaited the outcome of Sunday's second match between Mexico and Trinidad, where a victory by the host would assure Canada of advancing to the knockout stage.

For Guyana, making its debut in the CONCACAF women's championship, the loss all but mathematically eliminated the Caribbean side. After outscoring its opponents 17-7 in seven Caribbean qualifying matches, Guyana has been outscored 17-2 in its two matches at the finals.

Sinclair scored in the 34th, 50th, 63rd and 75th minutes to give her 107 in her international career and put Canada within a victory of next year's Women's World Cup in Germany.

The four goals matched Abby Wambach's quartet against Guatemala in the United States' 9-0 victory Saturday night.

Julien, one of six changes made by coach Carolina Morace from Friday's 1-0 victory over Trinidad, gave Canada the lead in the 15th minute. She let Rhian Wilkinson's throw-in from the right side run into the area before hitting a low, left-footed shot from just inside the 18 that squeezed between Guyana keeper Catherine Kobelka and the right post.

Sinclair doubled the lead in the 34th. The 27-year-old FC Gold Pride striker capitalized when Kobelka dropped Desiree Scott's corner and was unable to recover with Kara Lang in the way, allowing Sinclair to shoot through a crowd from the edge of the six-yard box.

Guyana, 7-2 losers to Mexico on Friday, was defensive from the start. Canada's Carmelina Moscato, Julien, Sophei Schmidt all had shots high or wide in the first 10 minutes, a period within which Canada forced two corners.

Again using a lineup with six teenagers in the starting 11, Guyana did not manage a shot until Alison Heydorn put one well over the bar from distance in the 63rd minute and only forced Canada keeper Karina LeBlanc to handle the ball once in the first half.

In addition to scoring twice in the first 34 minutes, Canada nearly had another goal in the 18th when Candace-Marie Chapman was able to dribble to the top of the area before uncorking a skipping, right-footed effort that beat Kobelka but bounced off the left post before rebound back through the goal mouth.

Filigno, who replaced Julien in the 39th minute when the latter fell ill, increased Canada's lead to 3-0 48 seconds into the second half. Kara Lang raced down the right side and was able to get inside Heydorn before sending a roller to the edge of the six where Filigno volleyed to beat Kobelka.

Sinclair side-footed Chapman's free kick over Kobelka from the middle of the area for her second, converted on a breakaway from a through ball by Filigno to hike the lead to 5-0 and settled an unsuccessful clearing attempt by Guyana to strike a left-footed effort from just outside the area for her finale.

She then returned the favor to Filigno in the 76th, taking a ball and feeding it back to her as the 20-year-old midfielder tallied her second.

Filigno repaid Lang in the 90th, working her way around Rodrigues before crossing the ball inside the six, where Lang converted for her 34th career goal.

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