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OLYMPICS: High-schooler Aysha Jamani scores four as Canadian women romp
February 29th, 2004 1:59AM
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The CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying tournament in Costa Rica has been a hat-trick party, with five players scoring a threesome through the first six matches.

Canadian high-schooler Aysha Jamani did them one better on Saturday, scoring four goals to pace a 6-0 rout of Panama that secured Canada its berth in Wednesday's all-important semifinals.

Jamani, a 16-year-old junior from Calgary who has given an early commitment to the University of Nebraska, scored in the 22nd, 51st, 67th and 75th minute at Nacional Stadium as Canada grabbed its second 6-0 victory in as many tournament games.

WUSA Rookie of the Year Christine Latham added her second of the event and Andrea Neil scored one goal and assisted another for the Canadians.

Costa Rica also clinch a semifinal berth with a 1-0 victory over Jamaica, the first game in the tournament decided by fewer than five goals. Megan Chavez scored her third goal of qualifying in the 43rd minutes to lead the Ticas.

The Canadians, who will be heavy favorites, meet the host Ticas on Monday in Heredia with the Group A title up for grabs. The winner of Wednesday's semifinals advance to this summer's Athens Olympics.

Jamani scored from a rebound to give Canada a 2-0 advantage in the 22nd minute, then scored from a cross by University of Tennessee standout Marie-Eve Nault in the 51st, from a rebound of a Latham shot in the 67th and on a fine solo effort in the 75th.

Jamani also earned a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, but Notre Dame's Melissa Tancredi was unable to convert from the spot.

Hat tricks were recorded earlier in the tournament by Canadian Christine Sinclair, Americans Shannon Boxx and Cindy Parlow, and Mexico's Paty Perez and Maribel Dominguez.

Canada coach Even Pellerud made three changes to his lineup, starting Jamani, Nault and midfielder Carmelina Moscato in place of Sinclair, Kara Lang and Tanya Dennis. Isabelle Morneau and Veronique Maranda made their first appearances of the tournament as second-half substitutes, and Lang came on at halftime for captain Charmaine Hooper.

The qualifiers continue today in San Jose with the United States and Mexico fighting for the Group A title and Haiti meeting Trinidad & Tobago in a battle between winless Caribbean teams.

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
at San Jose and Heredia, Costa Rica

Saturday, Feb. 28 at Nacional Stadium (San Jose)

Canada 6 (Latham 13, Jamani 22, 51, 67, 75, Neil 25) Panama 0

Costa Rica 1 (Chavez 38) Jamaica 0

GROUP A
W L T GF GA Pts

Canada 2 0 0 12 0 6
Costa Rica 2 0 0 7 1 6
Jamaica 0 2 0 0 7 0
Panama 0 2 0 1 12 0

Results

Feb. 26 at Heredia
Canada 6 (Latham 33, Hooper pen. 39, Sinclair 46, 61, 92+, Moscato 82) Jamaica 0
Costa Rica 6 (Campos 2, Trujillo 25, Chavez 26, 45, Rodriguez 54, Cruz 69) Panama 1 (Bedoya 27).

Feb. 28 at San Jose
Canada 6 (Latham 13, Jamani 22, 51, 67, 75, Neil 25) Panama 0
Costa Rica 1 (Chavez 38) Jamaica 0

Schedule

March 1 (Heredia): Jamaica vs. Panama, Costa Rica vs. Canada.

GROUP B
W L T GF GA Pts

United States 2 0 0 15 0 6
Mexico 2 0 0 13 1 6
Haiti 0 2 0 0 13 0
Trin. & Tobago 0 2 0 1 15 0

Results

Feb. 25 at San Jose
United States 7 (Boxx 22, 37, 81, Lilly 25, Hamm 41, 44, Wambach 42) Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico 5 (Perez 7, 55, 63, Dominguez 80, Mora 84) Haiti 0

Feb. 27 at Heredia
United States 8 (Wagner 12, Parlow 17, 73, 87, own goal Fenelon 41, MacMillan 47, Tarpley 63, Wambach 81) Haiti 0
Mexico 8 (Lopez 20, Perez 25, 55, Mora 37, Dominguez 38, 59, 73, Martinez 80) Trinidad & Tobago 1 (St. Louis pen. 42)

Schedule

Feb. 29 (San Jose): Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago, United States vs. Mexico.

SEMIFINALS
March 3 at San Jose

United States vs. Canada or Costa Rica
Mexico vs. Canada or Costa Rica

FINAL/THIRD-PLACE GAME
March 5 at Heredia

Semifinal winners

Note: Semifinal winners advance to Athens Olympics

LEADING SCORERS
Paty Perez, Mexico 5
Maribel Dominguez, Mexico 4
Aysha Jamani, Canada 4
Shannon Boxx, USA 3
Megan Chavez, Costa Rica 3
Cindy Parlow, USA 3
Christine Sinclair, Canada 3
Mia Hamm, USA 2
Christine Latham, Canada 2
Iris Mora, Mexico 2
Abby Wambach, USA 2



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