Canada Finishes Fourth At World Cup

Carson, California – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team today placed fourth at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup after losing 3-1 in front of 25, 253 spectators in the third place match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.



This was Canada’s best showing at the Women’s World Cup. In the prior two appearances in the World Cup Canada had not won a game forcing them out after the first round.



The United States scored first when Kristine Lilly sent left foot shot from 20 yards out over Canadian goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek for the goal in the 22nd minute.

Carson, California – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team today placed fourth at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup after losing 3-1 in front of 25, 253 spectators in the third place match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.



This was Canada’s best showing at the Women’s World Cup. In the prior two appearances in the World Cup Canada had not won a game forcing them out after the first round.



The United States scored first when Kristine Lilly sent left foot shot from 20 yards out over Canadian goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek for the goal in the 22nd minute.



Canada evened the score in the 38th after Latham used her strength to keep possession of the ball from two U.S. midfielders and then feed a rushing Sinclair who easily taped the ball low past the goalkeeper Brianna Scurry to notch her third goal in the tournament.



The United States regained the lead early into the second half when Shannon Box headed a Mia Hamm corner past Swiatek in the 51st minute.



Canada almost tied it up again in the 73rd minute when Charmaine Hooper played a corner short to Kristina Kiss who sent the ball towards the net where Sinclair headed the ball only to hit the cross bar.



Tiffeny Milbrett extended the U.S. lead to two in the 80th minute with a left foot shot into the left back corner of the net from 8 yards out.



“We needed to finish our goal opportunities better than we did,” said Head Coach Even Pellerud. “Overall I am pleased with another consistent and even performance.”



“The team was mentally ready to perform which is not always a given,” added Pellerud.



In the previous 31 encounters, Canada had only defeated the U.S. three times.



Sweden and Germany will play in the World Cup final in Carson tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (ET).



October 11, 2003 – Women’s World Cup

Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

Attendance: 25, 253

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Referee: Tammy Ogston (AUS)

Assistant Referees: Arlie Keen (AUS), Jacqueline Leleu (AUS)

Fourth Official: Katriina Elovirta (FIN)

Goals: Canada – Christine Sinclair (38); USA – Kristine Lilly (22), Shannon Box (51), Tiffeny Milbrett (80)

Cautions: Lang (65), Hooper (76)

Canada: 20 20-Taryn Swiatek, 2-Christine Latham, 4–Sasha Andrews (7-Isabelle Morneau, 84), 5-Andrea Neil (14-Carmelina Moscato, 90), 6-Sharolta Nonen, 8-Kristina Kiss, 10-Charmaine Hooper (c), 12-Christine Sinclair, 13-Diana Matheson, 15-Kara Lang (9-Rhian Wilkinson, 89), 16-Brittany Timko; Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 3-Linda Consolante, 19-Erin McLeod, 11-Randee Hermus, 17-Sylvana Burtini, 18-Tanya Dennis, Head coach: Even Pellerud

USA: 1-Briana Scrurry, 3-Christie Pearce, 4-Cat Reddick, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Mia Hamm, 11-Julie Foudy (c)( 2-Kylie Bivens, 78), 12-Cindy Parlow (16-Tiffeny Milbrett,43), 13-Kristine Lilly, 14-Joy Fawcett, 15-Kate Sobrero (8-Shannon MacMillan, 84), 20-Abby Wambach

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