OLYMPICS: Christine Sinclair's hat trick leads Canadian women

Christine Sinclair notched the third hat trick of the CONCACAF Olympic women's soccer qualifying tournament as Canada on Thursday romped to a 6-0 victory over Jamaica in its Group A opener in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Sinclair, a University of Portland striker, netted all three of her goals in the second half as the Canadians, dominant in every phase of the game, pulled away to an easy victory.

WUSA veterans Christine Latham and Charmaine Hooper added first-half goals, and Penn State's Carmelina Moscato tallied late in the match.

Costa Rica won the other Group A opener, routing Panama, 6-1, as Megan Chaves scored two goals at Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium. Ana Gabriela Campos, Monica Salazar, Cindy Rodriguez and Shirley Cruz also tallied for Costa Rica.

Sinclair joined American Shannon Boxx and Mexico's Paty Perez with hat tricks in the qualifying tournament. Boxx and Perez scored their trios during Group B openers Wednesday in San Jose.

Latham scored from a Hooper long ball in the 33rd minute, and Hooper added a penalty kick in the 39th after Princeton-bound midfielder Diana Matheson was fouled in Jamaica's box.

Sinclair scored in the 46th and 61st minutes and in stoppage time, the first from 18 yards off a Matheson feed, the second following a quickly taken indirect kick, and the third from a Randee Hermus long ball.

Sinclair has scored 47 goals in 61 international appearances.

Moscato's 20-yard blast in the 82nd minute came after Latham forced a turnover deep in Jamaican territory.

Notre Dame's Melissa Tancredi made her international debut for Canada, joining Hooper, WUSA star Sharolta Nonen, and University of Nebraska freshman Tanya Dennis on the Canadian backline.

Other Canadian starters were Karina LeBlanc in goal; Matheson, Randee Hermus and Andrea Neil in midfield; and Sinclair, Latham and Kara Lang at forward. High school junior Aysha Jamani came on for Lang and Moscato for Matheson in the 60th minute, and Brittany Timko replaced Neil in the 71st.

The tournament resumes Friday with the second day of Group B play in Heredia, with the United States facing Haiti and Mexico meeting Trinidad & Tobago,

at San Jose and Heredia, Costa Rica

Thursday, Feb. 26 at Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium (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).


Canada 1 0 0 6 0 3
Costa Rica 1 0 0 6 1 3
Panama 0 1 0 1 6 0
Jamaica 0 1 0 0 6 0


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 (San Jose): Canada vs. Panama, Costa Rica vs. Jamaica.

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


United States 1 0 0 7 0 3
Mexico 1 0 0 5 0 3
Haiti 0 1 0 0 5 0
Trin. & Tobago 0 1 0 0 7 0


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 (Heredia): Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico, Haiti vs. United States.

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


March 3 at San Jose


March 5 at Heredia

Note: Semifinal winners advance to Athens Olympics

Shannon Boxx, USA 3
Paty Perez, Mexico 3
Christine Sinclair, Canada 3
Megan Chaves, Costa Rica 2
Mia Hamm, USA 2

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