Sinclair, Hooper lead Canadian rout in Gold Cup opener

Christine Sinclair scored four goals and Charmaine Hooper added a hat trick as the Canadian women's national team buried Haiti, 11-1, Wednesday in a Group 2 opener at the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in Victoria, British Columbia.

Silvana Burtini added a pair of goals for the Canadians, who dictated every phase of the match and might have scored two dozen goals with better fortune.

Hooper, of the WUSA's Atlanta Beat, had her hat trick by the 33rd minute as Canada romped to a 6-1 advantage. Sinclair, a sophomore at the University of Portland, tallied twice in each half. Burtini, formerly with the WUSA's Carolina Courage, tallied in the 13th and 85th minutes.

Notre Dame sophomore Candace Chapman also tallied for Canada, which got another goal from a Judith Fenelon own goal. Kencia Marseille scored for Haiti after Hooper and Burtini had supplied the hosts with a 2-0 advantage.

Canada started eight players based in the United States -- Hooper, Sinclair, Chapman, goalkeeper Erin McLeod (SMU), defenders Sharolta Nonen (Atlanta Beat), Breanna Boyd (U. of Nebraska) and Sasha Andrews (SMU), and midfielder Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) -- and its substitutions included University of Washington standout Clare Rustad and former WUSA player Amy Walsh.

Costa Rica also won its opener in the region's qualifying tournament for next year's Women's World Cup, beating Jamaica, 2-0, with Megan Chavez scoring both goals.

CONCACAF WOMEN'S GOLD CUP

GROUP 1

Standings
United States 2-0-0 6-0 6
Mexico 1-1-0 5-4 3
Panama 1-1-0 5-7 3
Trin. & Tobago 0-2-0 2-7 0

Nov. 2 at Seattle
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 5 p.m. PST
United States vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m. PST

GROUP 2

Oct. 30 at Victoria, British Columbia

Costa Rica 2 (Megan Chavez 43, 69) Jamaica 0

Canada 11 (Hooper 6, 27, 33, Burtini 13, 85, Sinclair 16, 44, 74, 87, Chapman 31, own goal Fenelon 80) Haiti 1 (Marseille 15)

Standings
Canada 1-0-0 11-1 3
Costa Rica 1-0-0 2-0 3
Jamaica 0-1-0 0-2 0
Haiti 0-1-0 1-11 0

Nov. 1 at Victoria, British Columbia
Haiti vs. Costa Rica, 6 p.m. PST
Canada vs. Jamaica, 8 p.m. PST

Nov. 3 at Victoria, British Columbia
Jamaica vs. Haiti, noon PST
Canada vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m. PST

FINAL FOUR

Nov. 6 at Seattle
Semifinals, 7 and 9;30 p.m. PST
(Winners qualify for 2003 Women's World Cup)

Nov. 9 at Pasadena, Calif.
Third-place game, 4:30 p.m. PST
(Winner advances to playoff with Asia No. 3 team for berth in 2003 WWC)
Championship, 7 p.m. PST

GOALSCORERS
1. Christine Sinclair (Canada) 4
2. Amarelis De Mera (Panama) 3
Charmaine Sinclair (Canada) 3
4. Silvana Burtini (Canada) 2
Megan Chavez (Costa Rica) 2
Monica Gonzalez (Mexico) 2
Cindy Parlow (USA) 2
8. Maylee Attin-Johnson (T) 1
Maritzenia Bedoya (Panama) 1
Candace Chapman (Canada) 1
Brandi Chastain (USA) 1
Maribel Dominguez (Mexico) 1
Fatima Leyva (Mexico) 1
Shannon MacMillan (USA) 1
Kencia Marseille (Haiti) 1
Tiffeny Milbrett (USA) 1
Marlene Sandoval (Mexico) 1
Tasha St. Louis (T) 1
Diana Valderrama (Panama) 1
Aly Wagner (USA) 1

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