With Canada is still in cloud nine with all the festivities in the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, they have another reason to celebrate as their women’s soccer team is just inches away from making an Olympic run after trashing Trinidad and Tobago, 6-0 in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Canada made short work against Trinidad and Tobago as Diana Matheson opened the scoring as she nailed a goal in an open play in the 24th minute while Melissa Tancredi closed the half after scoring a goal with a header in the 44th minute of play as they headed to the dug out with a 2-0 advantage.
Canada head coach John Herdman then tapped team captain Christine Sinclair in the second half and she responded with a goal in the 63rd minute in an open play to pile up their lead at 3-0. Closing the day for Canada were Kadeisha Buchanan, who scored a goal in the 66th minute; Janine Beckie, who had a goal 75th with a header; and substitute Jessie Fleming, who cut the net in the 79th minute in an open play.
For Sinclair the win was historic in nature as she nailed her 159th international goal, which gave her the second spot in the list of the all-time international scoring list behind American Abby Wambach.
“It’s so nice to get it off my back. It’s been a couple games without scoring a goal and it kept weighing on me a little bit and you guys are continually asking me about it. So it’s nice to get it out of the way and allow my team to focus on our focus for this tournament, which is qualifying for the Olympics,” Sinclair said via TSN.ca.
Canada will next face Guatemala on February 17 following the game between Trinidad and Tobago against Guyana.
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