Toronto, Ontario Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team fought to a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exciting international featuring both countries’ top teams at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,023.
Toronto, Ontario Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team fought to a 2-2 draw with the United States in an exciting international featuring both countries’ top teams at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,023. It was the largest crowd to ever watch a Canadian women’s game.
Canada’s Charmaine Hooper had a 22-yard free kick go off the inside of the post in the 71st minute which would have given Canada its third straight win over the Americans. Hooper and Christine Latham linked up beautifully minutes later only to see Latham’s volley just miss the far post.
Christine Sinclair and the USA’s Tiffeny Milbrett exchanged goals less than a minute apart early in the second half after the teams entered the dressing rooms knotted at 1-1.
The Canadians opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Hooper hammered home a loose ball right on the goal line. The goal came after a great free kick from Kristina Kiss was headed toward goal by Andrea Neil. It was Hooper’s all-time leading 48th goal in her 78th appearance for Canada.
The Americans evened the scoring in the 28th minute when Shannon MacMillan scored from 30 yards out. Her long -range shot took a bad bounce in front of goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek and ricocheted over her shoulder. MacMillan could have have made it 2-1 minutes later when her fierce drive was saved brilliantly by Swiatek who deflected the shot off her left post.
The game was the first ever for Canadian head coach Even Pellerud on home soil after 28 games abroad. He is now 13-2-14 at the helm.
Saturday, June 30, 2001 International Friendly
Varsity Stadium Toronto, Ontario
Goals: Canada 10. Charmaine Hooper (15), 8. Christine Sinclair (58); USA Shannon MacMillan (28), Tifeny Milbrett (57)
Cautions: USA 15. Kate Sobrero (15), Canada 5. Andrea Neil (48)
Referee: Sonia Denoncourt (Canada)
Assistant Referees: Denis Robinson (Canada), Mike Lambert (Canada)
Fourth official: Stephanie Den Hann (Canada)
Canada: 22. Taryn Swiatek, 3. Breanna Boyd, 6. Sharolta Nonen (11. Randee Hermus, 73), 7. Isabelle Morneau, 13. Amy Walsh (18. Kristine Kiss, 12), 5. Andrea Neil, 12. Isabelle Harvey, 17. Silvana Burtini, 8. Christine Sinclair, 10. Charmaine Hooper (14. Clare Rustad, 73), 4. Christine Latham. Head coach: Even Pellerud
USA: 1. Jaime Pagliarulo, 2. Lorrie Fair (5. Nikki Serlanga, 46), 3. Christine Pearce, 4. Catherine Reddick, 6. Brandi Chastain (7. Jena Kluegel, 71), 8. Shannon MacMillan (13. Christine Lilly, 46), 9. Mia Hamm (46), 11. Julie Foudy, 12. Cindy Parlow, 15. Kate Sobrero, 17. Aleisha Cramer. Head coach: April Heinrichs
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