July 18 result:
Canada 4-2 Sweden
Charmaine Hooper scores three goals
Canada’s Charmaine Hooper scored a hat trick on Tuesday as the Canadian Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 4-2 in Blaine, Minnesota.
Canada was ahead 2-1 by the half with two goals by Hooper. Hooper scored her first after she received a terrific feed from Christine Sinclair which she then headed from the top of the six yard box past the Swedish goalkeeper. In the 20th minute, Martina Franko played the ball into the box, but a poor clearance fell to Hooper who volleyed the ball over the keeper.
Sweden’s Victoria Svensson scored in the 38th minute.
In the second half, the score line remained similar, but this time it was Sinclair who broke past the last defender on a Melanie Booth pass and sent the ball to the far post in the 58th minute.
One minute later, Hooper netted her third of the match and 71st for Canada in 130 appearances
. Canada’s free kick by Sharolta Nonen bounced off a Swedish defender where Hooper ran onto the ball with nothing but an open net for a target.
Sweden’s Therese Lundin scored in the 80th minute.
“A strong 4-2 win against fifth ranked Sweden secured our teams’ sixth game without defeat in 2006. The players came out very strong and determined and it was only a question of time before we scored with Sinclair and Hooper looking very sharp in the first half. Hooper scored two stunning goals before Sweden slowly but surely picked up the pace of the game and they earned the goal they scored by halftime,” said Even Pellerud.
"Again, we came out strong in the second half and scored two additional goals. It was uphill for Sweden after that, but they took advantage of a better level of soccer fitness and dominated possession the last thirty minutes. They also managed to create a couple of goal chances and it would not have been undeserved if they had scored one more. However the better team won this even played, tempo filled game.”
Canada’s next match takes place against the United States on July 30th at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.