Big Red comes up big on Halloween

Well, that was nice.

After leaving us a bit on edge by only defeating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 (Melissa Tancredi’s two disallowed legit goals notwithstanding), the Canadian women’s team came out in full force tonight, hammering the minnows from Guyana 8-0. Captain Christine Sinclair potted four goals, bringing her career total to, I think, six thousand and forty-three (give or take a few) — though that good news was tempered by rumblings (credit to Beau Dure) that her club team, Gold Pride FC, may fold as early as Monday. Hell, it may have already happened by the time you’re reading this.

But ignoring the negatives for a moment (because they’ll preoccupy every other waking thought of mine), suffice to say the ladies played well tonight (yeah, an eight-goal margin of victory would suggest as much), though it’s difficult to effectively evaluate their play when the level of opposition was so low. Both Kara Lang and Jonelle Filigno did well pressuring the Guyanese defenders, often forcing them into poor decisions (and both were rewarded with goals, for their efforts).

The big game is Tuesday against Mexico, to decide the winner of Group A. Since T&T held the Mexicans to 2-0 tonight, Canada has the upper hand. A draw would clinch the group, and (most likely) line Canada up against Costa Rica in the semi-finals, rather than the #1-ranked Americans.

Maribel Dominguez looks to be the Mexicans’ most dangerous offensive threat, a statement I’m basing solely on having seen her thread some terrific passes into her teammates against T&T tonight.The Canadian defence, who’ve had the luxury of sleepwalking through the first two games, will definitely need to ratchet themselves into first gear in time for the showdown against the host nation.

Canada’s match against Mexico, like the rest of them, will be on CBC Bold and CBCsports.ca, Tuesday at 6:30 PST/9:30 EST/11:00 NST.

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6 Responses to “Big Red comes up big on Halloween”

  1. Best goal was our 5th, he through-ball to Sinclair that split Guyana’s two defenders early in the 2nd half. Her finish was world class, the whole play was world class, mind you against Guyana, but still…

  2. Kevin Smith Says:

    Okay, so let’s say the Costa Ricans shock the world and beat the Yanks.

    Would Mexico and Canada play the worst game in football history as both teams score 25 own goals in an attempt to finish 2nd? :p

    • Y’know, I was actually thinking about that. I don’t think Morace would stand for any sort of funny business, so there we’d be, up against the Yanks in the semis.

      A third-place finish is enough to get us to the UEFA playoff against Italy (ranked #11 to our #13). It’s obviously a tougher road, but still one the girls can manage, if need be.

      Though it would be calming to see the U.S. bag a few early tonight.

  3. We’re comin for you Mexico!

  4. this reminds me of any international hockey tournament canada ever plays in. sleepwalk through the early games against lower opponents and then have to kick it up a notch when facing the actual challenging opposition. lets hope they can get it done!

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