Two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, British Columbia is now in the women’s soccer record books. On Wednesday, Sinclair set the record for most international goals scored by a women’s soccer player. Sinclair achieved the mark with her 185th career goal as Canada defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 11-0 in Olympic women’s soccer qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Sinclair broke the record previously held by Abby Wambach of the United States, who had 184 goals. Sinclair’s record setting goal came in the 23rd minute, which put Canada up 4-0 at the time.
Sinclair scored two goals for Canada in the game as she also scored the game winning goal in the seventh minute. Other Canadians to have a multi-goal game on Wednesday were Adriana Leon of Mississauga, Ontario (four goals) and Ashley Lawrence of Toronto, Ontario (two goals). Canadian players with one goal were Jayde Riviere of Markham, Ontario, Jessie Fleming of London, Ontario and Jordyn Huitema of Chilliwack, British Columbia.
This was Canada’s first game in the CONCACAF Olympic women’s soccer qualifying championship. They will play Jamaica on Saturday and Mexico on Tuesday to finish Group B action from Edinburg, Texas. The top two teams from the eight team tournament qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In other action to begin the tournament, the United States beat Haiti 4-0 and Costa Rica beat Panama 6-1 on Tuesday, and Mexico beat Jamaica 1-0 on Wednesday.