Christine Sinclair leads Canadian women's soccer team to victory over South Africa with two goals
Burnaby's Christine Sinclair scored two goals, leading Canada to a 3-0 victory against South Africa in the Olympic women's soccer tournament.
Her first marker came when she headed a crossing pass off the crossbar and just behind the goalkeeper. To ensure there was no doubt, Sinclair charged toward the goal line and blasted it into the back of the net.
Her second goal came on a breakaway, putting the game away.
Sinclair, one of the greatest players in the world, has 139 goals in international competition—the third highest in the history of women's soccer.
Canada opened the scoring early in the game when Melissa Tancredi converted a pass from Diana Matheson.
Tancredi scored the only goal for Canada in a 2-1 defeat by Japan in the opening game of the tournament. Canada's next game is on Tuesday (July 31) against Sweden.
Sinclair, the team's captain, has a reputation for being an introvert when dealing with the media. However, before travelling to London for the Olympics, she was quite talkative in an interview with the Straight's Jeff Paterson, admitting that the 2008 Olympics in Beijing didn't go as well as planned.
“Being a part of it in 2008 was a great experience, but this time around the veteran players on the team are treating it less like an Olympics and more like a soccer tournament," Sinclair said. "And we’ve all played in enough tournaments in our career to know what to expect and how to prepare."