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Canadians win second straight at Peace Queen Cup
« on: June 16, 2008, 10:16:17 PM »
Christine Sinclair scored a pair of goals Monday to lead the Canadian women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over host Korea Republic at the Peace Queen Cup.

The win at Suwon World Cup Stadium was Canada's second straight at the event.

"This was a much more consistent match for us today - against a stronger and fast-improving Korean team," said Canadian coach Even Pellerud. "Our defensive shape disallowed any opportunities until the 74th minute. We were three goals up and suffering some fatigue due to really hard work and a humid, warm day here in Suwon."

Kara Lang opened the scoring for Canada in the 36th minute, combining with Sinclair on a well-timed run. It was Lang's 31st goal of her senior career.

Sinclair put Canada up 2-0 in the 47th minute taking a pass from Diana Matheson and put the game out of reach in the 73rd minute with a long-range shot that found the back of the Korean net.

Korea Republic's Soo Yun Kim put the hosts on the board a minute later, but it was too little too late.

"We could not finish the last 15 minutes as strong as we hoped," said Pellerud. "The Korean consolation goal came as a logical consequence of the team's accurate passing around and inside our score box."

Thanks to a 5-0 victory against Argentina to open the tournament, the Canadians sit in top spot in Group A. They wrap up the round-robin portion of the tournament on Wednesday against New Zealand.

The Canadians are using the tournament to prepare for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=fce3134a-5749-40e4-8f0c-60d3455beec3