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quote:Originally posted by Ivan

Prove who wrong Ref? Have there been Sinclair detractors?

Actually yes, I read in another forum that the reason Sinclair is scoring so much is because of the team behind her. My take is that is so then the team has other players who ought to be scoring equally as much. I am also pissed that Pellerud did not name her to his "in paper" first team or second team in his recent book.

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Posted - 11/18/2005 : 16:01:19



Sinclair continues assault on NCAA record book

By NEIL DAVIDSON The Canadian Press

Just 22, Canadian Christine Sinclair has already made quite a splash in the soccer world.

The forward from Burnaby, B.C., has 71 caps and 53 goals for Canada, plus 108 career goals and 248 points for the University of Portland.

Sinclair is on the 24-woman shortlist for FIFA’s player of the year and is in the running to defend her M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as NCAA women’s player of the year.

She is also a finalist for Soccer Buzz player of the year and has been named the best player in the West Coast Conference three times. Not to mention a candidate for academic all-American honours.

The clock is winding down on Sinclair’s collegiate career. The top-ranked Pilots (20-0-1) host the No. 24 Arizona Wildcats (11-7-3) on Friday in the third round of the NCAA women’s championship.

Sinclair has four games left if Portland makes it to the championship game, to be held at College Station, Texas.

Provided Portland keeps winning, the Canadian can add to her mark in the NCAA record book.

Sinclair is currently tied for the NCAA single-season scoring record of 37 goals, set by Lisa Cole of Southern Methodist in 1987. Her 84 points in 2005 are 13 shy of Mia Hamm’s 1992 single-season mark.

Sinclair is 10 goals short of the NCAA career record of 118 held by Danielle Fotopoulos of SMU and Florida (1994-96, ’98).

Pilots coach Garrett Smith says that is the only goalscoring record she may not break.

"I guess it’s still within reach," he said this week from Portland. "But if you look at all the games that she’s missed for the University of Portland because of international play, those goals could have easily been amassed during that time."

The Canadian already holds the NCAA record for post-season goals (23) and leads Portland in career goals and points.

Her 248 career points are good for fourth in the NCAA record book.

Portland beat Arizona 3-0 during the regular season and Smith is feeling confident.

"We’ve seen the pace that they have," he said. "We feel they’re going to have to deal with us and as long as we’ve the No. 1 goal-scorer in the country on our team, I think they’ve got to worry about us a lot more."

Portland started recruiting Sinclair when she was 16 and playing for Canada.

"We knew early on how special this kid was." Smith said. "Just knowing her for the last four years here at the school, there’s nothing this player can’t accomplish.

"Does anything surprise us? Not really. She is the best."

Records don’t mean much to Sinclair, who puts team first.

"Without a doubt. Christine appreciates an assist as much as a goal," Smith said.

The local newspaper has dubbed her the most unassuming superstar you’ll ever see, according to her coach.

Teams have tried everything to stop Sinclair. None has succeeded, Smith says.

One ranked team ignored offence and threw everyone in defence.

"We’ve seen it all. It’s nothing new to Christine. ... I don’t know if there is anything new that be said or done."

The Pilots roster also includes Elsa Hume, a junior forward from Victoria who has often come on as a substitute for Sinclair.

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Sinclair seems to be having trouble breaking that record. She has been held off the scoreboard for two games in a row now. Luckily, her team has managed to win both games, most recently a 3-1 win over Thorlakson, Chapman and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Portland now advance to the semi-finals.

By the way, someone posted on Go Big Red that the leading scorer in the playoffs so far is a certain lanky freshman from UCLA. Can't find any stats online to confirm that.

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Sinclair and Portland in the semi-final right now, trying to score on Erin McLeod and with Moscato playing for Penn State. There is a ticker here:


It is scoreless at the start of the 2nd half, with Portland getting more chances.

Reading on the NCAA site about Penn's win over Santa Clara in the quarter finals last weekend, comments on McLeod:

Despite the initial goal, McLeod proved why she's the only goalkeeper on the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy list during the game, making several remarkable saves to keep Penn State in the match. With 10 seconds left in the contest Santa Clara's Elyse Shelger fired a shot to the left side of the goal that McLeod stopped on a diving play. In the 76th minute she also made an incredible diving stop to preserve the 1-1 tie, blocking a shot by Santa Clara's Tina Estrada, who had broken free in the middle of the field and had a clear chance at the goal. McLeod finished the game with three saves, all in the second period.

Will also post the page that links to live audio from Texas A and M


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Portland honours Canadian Christine Sinclair and U of Portland Pilots



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9 December 2005


The Canadian Press


© 2005 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C. believes that somewhere Clive Charles is smiling.

The University of Portland striker turned pensive at the thought of her former coach, who died in 2003 of cancer. It was the beloved Charles who led the Pilots to their first U.S. women's soccer national championship, back in 2002.

The Pilots did it again last Sunday.

``He would have that grin,'' Sinclair said of Charles. ``He wouldn't have to say anything.''

Sinclair, the nation's leading scorer with a record 39 goals this season, arrived with her team at the city's Pioneer Courthouse Square aboard a fire truck for a ceremony Friday in their honour. Mayor Tom Potter declared it ``University of Portland Women's Soccer Day.''

Among those attending were Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who said the Pilots were an inspiration to athletes statewide.

``It goes far beyond just the winning of the championship,'' Blumenauer told the team. ``You're enriching our community and changing lives across the state.''

The undefeated Pilots beat Oakville, Ont.,'s Kara Lang and her UCLA Bruins 4-0 in College Station, Texas, to capture the NCAA women's soccer College Cup. In the semifinal, Sinclair's penalty kick beat Penn State after neither team could score in regulation or overtime.

``We've come back and it's right into finals,'' said Sinclair, the Canadian national team forward, who graduates in two weeks. ``I'm sure it will start to sink in over Christmas break.''

Watching the festivities was U.S. women's national team member Tiffeny Milbrett, a Portland native who played for the Pilots under Charles in the early 1990s.

``He is still around, 100 per cent,'' she said of her former coach. ``This is his work.''

Charles coached the women's team from 1989 until 2002, the year the Pilots won their first national title in any sport.

This year, the Pilots went 23-0-2 for the best season in school history.

Portland joins North Carolina and Notre Dame as the only Division I teams to have won multiple women's titles, and the Pilots join North Carolina as the only national champions with undefeated seasons.

Portland also set a new NCAA record for season attendance at 40,841 _ the highest attendance ever for a men's or women's soccer team.

Sinclair, who broke the NCAA single-season record for goals, scored 110 career goals, the second most in NCAA Division I history. She finishes with an NCAA record 25 career post-season goals.

Sinclair is genuinely surprised that the city has embraced the Pilots and women's soccer. The University of Portland is a Catholic school of about 3,300 students.

``We come back to Merlo Field and we have double the fans that we have enrollment in our university,'' she joked.

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There are a couple of different awards for the top NCAA female soccer player. Super Sinclair wins them both. Perhaps we should try to get her to play for the men's team??

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair again named top female player in NCAA


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6 January 2006


The Canadian Press


© 2006 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

ST. LOUIS (CP) _ Canadian Christine Sinclair has become only the third woman to win back-to-back M.A.C. Hermann Trophies as the top female player in NCAA soccer ranks.

The University of Portland forward from Burnaby, B.C., beat out Notre Dame's Katie Thorlakson of Langley, B.C., and Penn State's Tiffany Weimer for the award.

Sinclair joins Mia Hamm (1992-93) and Cindy Parlow (1997-98) as repeat winners.

Sinclair has already won a trunkful of trophies this year.

She won the NCAA championship MVP in leading Portland to a perfect season and the U.S. college championship. Sinclair led the U.S. in scoring with 39 goals, a single-season record.

The Canadian senior also won the Honda Award, another trophy given to the top U.S. college female soccer player. It is decided by balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.

Plus, Sinclair was named player of the year by Soccer America magazine, Soccer Times magazine and Soccer Buzz, a women's Internet soccer site.

Sinclair was also one of the eight outstanding student-athletes selected by the NCAA Honours Committee for their athletics success, academic achievement and community service as recipients of the NCAA Today's Top VIII Award.

A life science major, Sinclair was a member of the dean's list every term while at Portland. She is a three-time West Coast Conference Commissioner's Honour Roll selection and a three-time member of the WCC All-Academic Team.

Sinclair was also one of 24 women on the shortlist for FIFA player of the year, won earlier this month by Germany's Birgit Prinz.

Just 22, Sinclair has already scored 53 goals in 71 games for Canada.

Both Sinclair and Thorlakson have been summoned by Canadian coach Even Pellerud for a Jan. 10-17 camp in Vancouver.

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