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Not a huge scoreline, but a nice win all the same.

I remember that long unbeaten run we went on befor the last womens world cup, only that time our offence was firing and the defence was a bit lacking. It seems the reverse is true. All the same, I cant wait to see what they can do in the Womens Gold Cup.

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Women’s National Team

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Canada draws France 2-2 in Dieppe

Ottawa, Ontario – On a windy evening in Dieppe, France on Tuesday, the Canadian Women’s National team were set to battle France for game two of their head to head series, but settled for a 2-2 draw.

Canada, playing in their fourth game in ten days, was determined to hand France a second loss in the series. France on the other hand, was looking to even the score and give Canada its fist loss in 10 matches.

The first half was dominated by the Canadian side. Yet, they could not capitalize on a series of opportunities, hitting the post on one occasion. France struck first on a rare occurrence near the 45th minute when French forward Marinette Pichon put it past the Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, giving the French squad a one goal lead at the half.

The second half favored the Canadian team who created multiple scoring opportunities. The pressure got to the French defence when Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson was bought down in the box in the 59th minute for a penalty kick. Christine Sinclair made no mistake and leveled the score at one all.

It was only seven minutes later when Sinclair connected with Martina Franco in a scramble to give Canada a 2-1 lead.

The Canadian squad, with the wind at their backs, took control of the game and continued with a fierce attack. Still, the Canadians could not hold on when McLeod cleared a corner kick that took an unfortunate bounce to an open opponent who then scored to even the match at two goals a piece.

“We should have determined this game in the first 45 minutes but couldn’t make the most of our five scoring opportunities,” said Head coach Even Pellerud. “I must applaud our players who showed great ability to play as one unit to lead us to this ten game undefeated streak.”

Canada will continue its efforts in preparation of the Women’s CONCACAF Gold Cup scheduled for November 2006.

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Canada Women have some very good results lately against higher ranked teams. Two ties with China(8th ranked), a win and a tie against France(6th) and wins against Sweden(5th) and Italy(10th). The only recent losses are to the US(2nd). How much of an improvement on their current ranking of 11th could we expect when the new rankings come out on September 15th? They should at least pass Italy for 10th don't you think so?

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