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Christine Sinclair sets Canadian scoring record
« on: June 04, 2007, 09:49:28 AM »
The Canadian women's soccer team has a new all-time leading scorer.

Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., booted her way into the record books Sunday with a pair of goals in Canada's 3-0 win in an international friendly with New Zealand in Auckland.

The explosive striker, who turns 24 on June 12, has 72 goals in 93 career games for Canada, surpassing veteran teammate Charmaine Hooper's 71.

"We've had some great players represent Canada like Charmaine Hooper, and (the record) probably represents how well the team has gone in the seven years I've been involved," said Sinclair, Canada's team captain. "I've been lucky enough to have a lot of chances to score in that time."

Sinclair tied Hooper's mark by opening the scoring in the 13th minute, hammering home a pass from Rhian Wilkinson. Midfielder Candace Chapman doubled Canada's lead three minutes before halftime when she rifled Sinclair's neatly threaded ball through the hands of Kiwi goalkeeper Jenny Bindon.

Sinclair got the record in the 63rd minute with a looping shot over Bindon that sealed Canada's first victory of the season.

Sinclair, who plays professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American W-League, has twice been short-listed by FIFA for the World Player of the Year award. She'll lead Canada into the 2007 Women's World Cup in China in September.