Match report courtesy Soccer Canada, Photos by Joel Belizario
October 30, 2013, Edmonton (ISN) – Christine Sinclair got Canada’s Women’s National Team started with her 146th career goal in the 24th minute before Brittany Timko and second half substitute Adriana Leon got in on the party as Canada beat Korea Republic 3:0 in a women’s international friendly at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
While Canada made the most of their chances, they have starting goalkeeper Erin McLeod who made a string of fine saves in the early going. McLeod made a few routine saves in the eighth and 21st minutes, stopping long range efforts.
But in the 33rd minute, McLeod was very sharp to move to her right, dive, and parry away a curling right-footed free kick by So Yun Ji.
Canadian defender Marie-Eve Nault and South Korean forward Ga Eul Jeon battle for possession at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Oct 30, 2013 – Photo: Joel Belizario / Island Sports News
Ji again had another chance just four minutes later that looked like it may have caught McLeod off her line but the 30-year-old who was playing in her home province, backtracked well and tipped the ball over for a corner.
McLeod’s night was done after the first half as fellow Albertan Stephanie Labbe replaced her for the second half.
Sinclair opened the scoring in the 24th minute after getting on the end of a Diana Matheson corner kick. The Koreans gave Sinclair all kinds of space and Sinclair showed what happens when you give one of the best players in the world space as she nodded home the free header.
South Korean forward So Yun Jl steps around Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Oct 30, 2013 – Photo: Joel Belizario / Island Sports News
It was another corner kick that led to Canada’s second goal in the 40th minute. Matheson was provider again as she collected a short corner and crossed in. After being flicked by two Canadian players, it landed in the path of Timko and she scored from close range.
Leon’s goal, her second for Canada, came with just over 20 minutes remaining after some fine passing opened up the Korean defence. Leon collected a pass from Kyle and slotted the ball past.
Canadian forward Christine Sinclair scores the first goal against South Korea at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Oct 30, 2013 – Photo: Joel Belizario / Island Sports News
Canada went with a starting XI with Erin McLeod in goal, Sura Yekka, Carmelina Moscato, Laurean Sesselmann and Marie-Eve Nault at the back. Diana Matheson, Melissa Busque, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, Brittany Timko, and Christine Sinclair made up the midfield and attack.
Canadian Head Coach John Herman made three changes at halftime, with McLeod being replaced by Stephanie Labbe, Yekka was replaced with Rhian Wilkinson, and Nault was replaced by Robyn Gayle. Later, Timko was replaced by Kaylyn Kyle, Busque was replaced by Adriana Leon (59′), and Moscato was replaced by Emily Zurrer (69′).
South Korean defender Seo Yeon Shim and Canadian defender Lauren Sesselmann collide in mid-air at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Oct 30, 2013 – Photo: Joel Belizario / Island Sports News
Korea Republic’s starting XI had Min Kyung Jun in goal with Eun Mi Lee, Seo Yeon Shim, Seon Joo Lim and Hyunsook Seo making up the back line. So Hyun Cho, Ga Eul Jeon, So Yun Ji, Soo Yun Kim, and Minji Yeo made up the midfield and attack.
At halftime, Korean Head Coah Duk Yeo Yoon replaced E.M. Lee with Yeonga Jeong. Later, Jeon was replaced by Ji Young Park (76′), and Shim was replaced by Do Yeon Kim (80′).