Canada's Christine Sinclair (#12) surveys the field during a friendly against visiting Korea Republic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, on October 30, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Soccer Association/Tony Lewis).
EDMONTON, Canada – Canada scored twice in the first half and defeated visiting Korea Republic 3-0 on Wednesday in a women’s friendly before 12,746 fans at Commonwealth Stadium.
Christine Sinclair opened the scoring in the 24th minute, nodding home a Diana Matheson corner kick for her 146th international goal.
As the first half wore on, Korea started to settle and create chances of its own.
Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod was called upon to make a string of fine saves. In the 33rd minute, she dove sharply right and parried away a curling right-footed free kick by So Yun Ji.
Ji had another chance just four minutes later that looked to have caught McLeod off her line, but the 30-year-old retreated and tipped the ball over the crossbar.
The host went up 2-0 six minutes before the break, when Matheson collected a short corner and crossed towards the net. After being flicked on by twice, the ball landed in the path of Brittany Timko and she netted from close range.
Adriana Leon completed the scoreline with her second career tally. The 21-year-old forward struck in the 69th minute after a fine passing sequence opened the Korean defense.
“It was fantastic to see 12,000+ people in mid-October on a cold night,” said Canada head coach John Herdman. “They saw three goals, which is great. And hopefully they’re going to see them win the first game of the World Cup when we’re here. So 12,000 people are going to turn into 60,000 or 55,000 when we turn up again next.”
Canada, which will host the 2015 Women’s World Cup, meets visiting Mexico on November 24 at BC Place in Vancouver.