Christina Julien Scores to Lift Canada at Pan-Am Games
Cornwall's Christina Julien kicked home the winning goal to power Team Canada over Argentina 1-0 at the XVI Pan American Games. The game was played in front of roughly 4,000 fans at the Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara, Mexico on Thursday October 20th.
"It was a very disjointed match, but that was the style of our opposition," said Canadian coach John Herdman. "Their players were very good at breaking the game up, slowing it down and living on the second ball. They won a lot of second balls which made it difficult for us."
Argentina nearly created the opening goal inside seven minutes, but Canada's Kelly Parker was on the line to save what was a close chance.
From there, Canada created a few chances of its own. Captain Christine Sinclair was close on a couple of corner kicks placed inside the box. Sinclair also created some chances on the run, with one attempt of her own down the left side and another chance created for Julien who just ran out of space down the right side.
Julien had another terrific chance in the 44th minute when she took a centering pass from Sinclair on the right. Argentina's Andrea Ojeda just caught Julien in time, knocking the ball away from her feet from behind.
Early in the second half, however, Julien did not miss on her chance with the ball centered by Sinclair with an onrushing Elisabeth Minnig approaching the ball. Julien got the first touch, though, to give Canada its 1-0 lead.
It was Julien's second goal in as many games.
With its second win in a row, Canada qualified for the semi-finals in the 2011 Women’s Football Tournament. Canada also won two days earlier, beating Costa Rica 3-1.
"We wanted to qualify for the next round," said Coach Herdman. "It is job done, mission accomplished. We can now sit back and see how the other pool plays out."
Canada’s overall record this 2011 season is 12 wins, two draws and six losses. With her goal against Argentina, Christina Julien has now scored four goals this season.
Canada is the defending bronze medal winner from the last Pan American Games Women’s Football Tournament in 2007.
The above story is based on reports from http://www.canadasoccer.com. Follow Team Canada as they go for gold.