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Canada v. Holland (R) Women

Women’s National Team
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Neil Scores In 1:0 Victory Over Holland
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Andrea Neil scores her 22nd goal for Canada

Vancouver, BC – Canada’s Women’s National Team defeated the Netherlands 1:0 on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 with a late goal scored by Andrea Neil in front of 3,162 spectators at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, BC.

With Canada in white and the Netherlands in orange, both teams looked to end the stalemate of two previous 1:1 draws.

Christine Sinclair created Canada’s first of many opportunities in minute 16 as she worked up the left side past two Dutch defenders and sent a left footed shot just wide of the net.

Shirley Smith of the Netherlands had a chance for the visiting team three minutes later with a shot towards the Canadian net from the left side. Canadian keeper Karina LeBlanc calmly dove to seize the ball before crossing the goal line.

In the 41st minute, Manon Melis looked dangerous for Holland as she approached up the right side before three Canadian defenders intercepted and shut down her attack within 10 yards of the net.

Canada’s next opportunity came in the last minute of the half when Amy Walsh found Charmaine Hooper yards away from the Dutch net. Hooper then spun and sent the ball into the hands of the awaiting goalkeeper Marleen Wissink.

Canada came out strong three minutes into the second half as Sophie Schmidt located at the top of the penalty area thrust the ball just over the crossbar.

In the 74th minute, Kara Lang propelled a 30-yard free kick which Wissink punched out of play.

It was Neil in the 85th minute who gave her hometown fans something to cheer about, as she headed the ball into the net during a goal mouth scramble following a Rhian Wilkinson corner. The Canadian veteran has now assembled 22 goals in 110 appearances for Canada.

At the final whistle, Canada had outshot the visiting team 10-3.

“It was an interesting game,” stated Canadian head coach Even Pellerud. “There were two different philosophies to the match.”

“Holland surprisingly played a pretty complicated passing game.”

“We were able to punish them several times and we should have scored earlier. We worked hard, and played a consistent game with good shape. It was a well earned victory and a great start to the 2006 season.”

Both teams will travel on Thursday to Victoria, BC for the second match of the double header on Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 pm PT. Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast the match live on all channels.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 – International Friendly
UBC Thunderbird Stadium – Vancouver, BC
Attendance: 3,162

Canada 1(0)
Holland 0(0)

Goals: Canada – Neil (85)
Cautions: Holland - Melis (74)

Canada: 1-LeBlanc, Karina; 2-Latham, Christine; 3-Schmidt, Sophie; 7-Morneau, Isabelle (5-Neil, Andrea, 68); 8-Matheson, Diana (14-Wilkinson, Rhian, 83); 9-Franko, Martina; 10-Hooper, Charmaine (16-Thorlakson, Katie, 68); 11-Hermus, Randee; 12-Sinclair, Christine; 13-Walsh, Amy; 17-Timko, Brittany (15-Kara Lang, 45);
Head Coach: Even Pellerud

Subs not used: 4-Andrews, Sasha; 22-McLeod, Erin

Holland: 1-Marleen Wissink – C; 2-Dyanne Bito; 3-Liesbeth Migchelsen; 4-Marloes de Boer; 5-Petra Hogewoning; 6-Dionne Demarteau; 7-Gilanne Louwaars; 8-Annemieke Griffioen; 9-Manon Melis; 10-Nicole Delies; 11-Shirley Smith (18-Claudia v.d. Heiligenberg, 77)

Subs not used: 12-Chavelli Stolk; 13-Felicienne Minnaar; 14-Anouk Hoogendijk; 15-Sylvia Smit; 16-Loes Geurts; 17-Jennifer Voss; 19-Dominique Vugts; 20-Karin Legemate
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Both teams will travel on Thursday to Victoria, BC for the second match of the double header on Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 pm PT. Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast the match live on all channels.
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Canadian women blank Netherlands
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VANCOUVER (CP) - Three second-half substitutes made the most of their opportunity and delivered Canada's first women's soccer victory over the Netherlands.

"When you do get substituted on, the key is to try and change the game," said midfielder Andrea Neil who scored in the 85th minute of Wednesday's 1-0 victory. "We sat there and watched it for about 70 minutes and took our opportunity."

The goal resulted from a corner kick taken by Rhian Wilkinson who entered the game two minutes earlier.

Kara Lang, who was a force in the penalty area, kept the play alive with a header and Neil delighted 3,162 fans by knocking the ball behind goalkeeper Marleen Wissink at the far post.

For an instant Neil thought someone else might be in a better position to score.

"You don't want to take a goal away from someone but you have to make sure Canada wins this and we were fortunate," said the Vancouver native who played soccer on Wednesday's University of B.C. pitch.

The only two previous encounters between the teams ended in 1-1 draws and Neil scored Canada's goal when they last visited the Dutch in Apeldoorn in April.

"I think they were content with the tie (Wednesday) so it's for us to dig deep and find the motivation to play beyond that," said Neil who has 22 goals and 110 caps for Canada.

"We have been building as 2004 was not a great year for us when we were knocked out of the Olympic qualifiers (2-1 by Mexico). We need to be prepared at this point of the year."

The two sides will play again Saturday in Victoria, using the matches as tune-ups for qualifying play for the 2007 Women's World Cup in China.

Canada, which last month defeated Mexico 3-1 and tied them 1-1 in exhibition play, will attempt to qualify out of an eight-team CONCACAF (Central, North American and Caribbean) tournament in November.

Two teams will advance and the United States, ranked second in the world, is expected to lead qualifiers that try to oust defending champion Germany.

The Dutch, ranked 17th by FIFA, soccer's world governing body, have started qualifying play and are second in a group led by England.

The only goal came after heavy pressure by the 13th-ranked Canadians.

In the 75th minute, Lang had Canada's previous best chance when she blasted a 30-yard direct free kick that Wissink pushed over the bar.

Canadian forwards had several attempts to convert the ensuing corner before the ball was headed away from the goalmouth by Netherlands defenders.

"We've got so many players on this team, everybody on the bench is just waiting to get in," Lang said.

"Everybody wants to make an impact every chance they get. When you're sitting on the bench for the whole first half and you're watching it, you've got all that adrenaline built up by the time you finally get on."

Strikers Charmaine Hooper and Christine Sinclair also had chances.

Hooper was alone when she shot directly at the keeper while Sinclair, Canada's most dangerous player, had a left foot drive sail wide of the near post.

The Dutch attempted to control play on the ground and were slow to mount an attack. They didn't threaten until Shirley Smith's sharp-angled shot was controlled by diving Canadian goalie Karina LeBlanc in the 19th minute.

"We have good depth in those girls and I need to use them," Canadian coach Even Pellerud said of his second-half subs. "They all deserve to play.

"These games are tough when you dominate and you don't score but we maintained the pressure and got the goal we needed."

Netherlands coach Vera Pauw said some of her players were still adjusting to the nine-hour time change and expected a better effort on Saturday.

"We'll see on Saturday whether the travel was a factor," Pauw said.

"We couldn't cope anymore with the pressure in the second half. We didn't play to our potential but that's a credit to Canada. Their strong opportunistic style is very hard to play against."

Notes: Canada outshot the Dutch 10-3 and led 6-1 in corner kicks . . . Ten of the 17 players named to the roster for the two-game series are members of the W-League Vancouver Whitecaps . . . Eight are from British Columbia.
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Hooper Double Sees Off Holland

Women’s National Team
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Hooper Double Sees Off Holland
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Hooper celebrates the match opener
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Victoria, BC – On a sunny but brisk, wintry afternoon in Victoria, BC, Canada’s Women’s National Team, courtesy of a first half brace from Charmaine Hooper, overpowered their counterparts from the Netherlands by a score of 3:1.

The Canadians came out flying in the opening half and it didn’t take long for their three-pronged attack of Christine Sinclair, Charmaine Hooper and Rhian Wilkinson to test Marleen Wissink in the Dutch goal.

Seconds into the contest, Wissink was forced to kick out a Sophie Schmidt shot from inside the area that seemed destined for the back of the net but the Dutch keeper had positioned herself well for the shot.

But the Canadians would only need a little more than three minutes to breach the Dutch goal when a failed clearance was pounced on by Hooper inside the Dutch penalty area. The Chicago-based striker easily converted the opportunity, side-footing her shot past a helpless Wissink for her 66th goal for Canada.

Just when it started to look like Canada was going to grab another, the Dutch caught Canada on the break.

Gilanne Louwars streaked down the right flank and delivered a delightful ball across the face of the Canadian goal that eluded every Canadian defender and found an unmarked Shirley Smith at the back post. Smith took the chance on her first touch and slammed it past Erin McLeod who had no chance on the goal.

The teams, however, were deadlocked for a full two minutes.

A Rhian Wilkinson corner found Andrea Neil at the top of the area. Neil nodded her effort toward goal but an opportunistic Hooper flicked the header past Wissink for her second goal in just under 10 minutes

Both teams seemed to settle down after the frenzied opening although Canada still seemed the more dangerous of the two sides – always looking as though they could get around the back of the Dutch back-four when they wanted.

The Dutch on the other hand were typical in their buildup, but were forced backwards more often than naught through a combination of wind and tenacious Canadian pressure. But even when they managed to keep possession, they seemed to lack the creative guile to open up and threaten the Canadian defense.

The two teams returned from the break far tighter at the back, with the Canadians now playing into a strong wind.

It took just over twenty minutes of play in the second half before the Canadians had a real sight of goal when Hooper found herself on the penalty spot with only the Dutch keeper to beat but the striker was hurried and stabbed her shot wide of the right post.

But with just under twenty minutes to play, a long driven free-kick off the boot of second half substitute Brittany Timko sailed over the top of the Dutch defense, aimed toward the run of Sophie Schmidt who had ghosted in behind her defender near the right corner of the six yard box. The Abbotsford-native angled her header to perfection, skipping the ball past Wissink and into the side netting, stretching Canada’s lead to two and virtually eliminating any hope of a Dutch comeback

Minutes later, Kara Lang came within a whisker of making it four when her powerful free-kick from the top of the box whistled just past the upper right corner with Wissink rooted on her line.

The Canadians killed off the remainder of the match and walked off deserved winners.

“We played another solid game; maybe more solid than spectacular,” said Head Coach Even Pellerud following the victory.

“It was a very similar game to the match on Wednesday (in Vancouver), when we managed once again to put a lot of pressure on the Dutch team and could have scored more than we did. Perhaps we were more lively this afternoon and a bit more skillful but the game was also hindered somewhat by a very strong wind.”

“Overall the goal chances were exactly the same as our last game (10-1), which is quite remarkable, but in the end we won two matches against a Dutch team that perhaps was expecting to perform a bit better than they did.”

Saturday, March 4, 2006
International Friendly
Centennial Stadium, University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia

CANADA – 3 (2)
HOLLAND – 1 (1)

Goals: CANADA – Hooper 4, 10; Schmidt 71; HOLLAND – Smith 8
Cautions: CANADA – none; HOLLAND – Hogewoning 90+
Expulsions – none

Referee – Sandra Sarafini (USA); Assistant Referee 1 – Denise Robinson (CAN); Assistant Referee 2 – Charlene Douglas (CAN); Fourth Official – Mauricio Navarro (CAN)
Attendance – 4,500

CANADA: 22-McLeod, Erin; 2-Latham, Christine; 3-Schmidt, Sophie; 5-Neil, Andrea (17-Timko, Brittany, 61); 8-Matheson, Diana; 9-Franko, Martina; 10-Hooper, Charmaine; 11-Hermus, Randee (4-Andrews, Sasha, 75); 12-Sinclair, Christine (16-Thorlakson, Katie, 78); 13-Walsh, Amy (15-Kara Lang, 65); 14-Wilkinson, Rhian (7-Morneau, Isabelle, 85)

Head Coach: Even Pellerud (NOR)
Subs not used: 1-LeBlanc, Karina

HOLLAND: 1-Marleen Wissink (capt); 2-Dyanne Bito; 3-Liesbeth Migchelsen; 4-Marloes de Boer; 5-Petra Hogewoning; 6-Dionne Demarteau; 7-Gilanne Louwaars; 8-Annemieke Griffioen (14-Anouk Hoogendijk, 46); 9-Manon Melis; 10-Nicole Delies; 11-Shirley Smith; 18-Claudia v.d. Heiligenberg, 75)

Head Coach: Vera Poux (NED)
Subs not used: 12-Chavelli Stolk; 13-Felicienne Minnaar; 15-Sylvia Smit; 16-Loes Geurts; 17-Jennifer Voss;; 19-Dominique Vugts; 20-Karin Legemate
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Victoria (CP) - Charmaine Hooper scored two goals to lead Canada's women's national team to a 3-1 win over Netherlands on a brisk, wintry afternoon in the B.C. capital.

The Canadians came out strong in the opening half with their three-pronged attack of Christine Sinclair, Charmaine Hooper and Rhian Wilkinson testing Marleen Wissink in the Dutch goal right from the opening whistle.

Canada struck just three minutes in when a failed clearance was pounced on by Hooper inside the Dutch penalty area. The Chicago-based striker easily converted the opportunity, side-footing her shot past a helpless Wissink for her 66th goal for Canada.

Sophie Schmidt had the other goal for Canada.

Shirley Smith scored Netherlands' lone goal.

Smith's goal came after Canada was caught on the break. Gilanne Louwars streaked down the right flank and delivered the ball across the face of the Canadian goal that eluded every Canadian defender and found an unmarked Smith at the back post. Smith took the pass on her first touch and slammed it past goalkeeper Erin McLeod who had no chance on the goal.

Canada regained the lead for good just two minutes later when Hooper notched her second of the match.

A Rhian Wilkinson corner found Andrea Neil at the top of the penalty area. Neil nodded her effort toward goal, but Hooper flicked the header past Wissink.

Canada was the more dangerous of the two sides, threatening to get behind the Dutch defence at any time.

The Dutch on the other hand were typical in their buildup, but were often forced backwards by wind and tenacious Canadian pressure. They kept possession at times, but had difficulty opening up and threatening the Canadian defence.

"We played another solid game; maybe more solid than spectacular," said head coach Even Pellerud.

"It was a very similar game to the match on Wednesday (in Vancouver), when we managed once again to put a lot of pressure on the Dutch team and could have scored more than we did. Perhaps we were more lively this afternoon and a bit more skillful but the game was also hindered somewhat by a very strong wind."

Canada completed its scoring with just under twenty minutes to play on a well-timed header by Schmidt.

Brittany Timko aimed a long free-kick over the top of the Dutch defence towards the run of Schmidt who had ghosted in behind her defender near the right corner of the six yard box.

The Abbotsford, B.C. native angled a header past Wissink and into the side netting, stretching Canada's lead to two and removing any hope of a Dutch comeback.

"Overall the goal chances were exactly the same as our last game (10-1), which is quite remarkable, but in the end we won two matches against a Dutch team that perhaps was expecting to perform a bit better than it did."
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Thanks for the reports, Joe.

Nice to see Charmaine Hooper's scoring ability hasn't been ruined by coach Pellerud's ill-advised attempt to turn her into a defender.
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Can you edit the thread title to Canada vs Holland (R) Women instead of Neil Scores In 1:0 Victory Over Holland

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Actually Charmaine as a defender has been a pretty good option as she is a natural and we are the weakest back there. Latham might also be a good option. Be just like having da Crusher and the Bruiser back there, no one would dare venture there

We've got lots of guys who can put the puck in the net (Sinclair, Jamani, Robinson, Thor, Wilkinson, Latham, Hooper etc) not so many who can keep it out.

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Actually Charmaine as a defender has been a pretty good option as she is a natural and we are the weakest back there. Latham might also be a good option. Be just like having da Crusher and the Bruiser back there, no one would dare venture there

We've got lots of guys who can put the puck in the net (Sinclair, Jamani, Robinson, Thor, Wilkinson, Latham, Hooper etc) not so many who can keep it out.
Yes, I'm well aware of the rationale for putting Hooper on defence, and yes, she's such a strong and verstile player that she can play any position on the field.

But she's one of the most lethal female strikers in the world, and frankly she was wasted on defence. It makes about as much sense as putting Ronaldinho on defence to help keep Barcelona's opponents from scoring. Ronnie wouldn't like it much either; it's only because of Hooper's patience and dedication to the team that she wasn't driven into premature retirement by Pellerud.

The younger scoring talent on the team tends to run hot and cold. The fact that Hooper is needed up front or in an attacking mid position is demonstrated by that last match. Without her, we would have had to settle for a draw.

The defensive talent pool among Canadian women players is not so thin that we have to resort to using a potent offensive force like Hooper to fill in at the back. That move always smacked of desperation to me.
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Really strange I heard absolutely nothing about this in Dutch press ...

Anyway well done Canada, how are the international 'relations' between these two? I mean, is Canada supposed to be better?

The coach is Vera Pouw btw .
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Canada is ranked 13th in the world by FIFA.

Netherlands is 17th.
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