Canada doubles up

TODD SAELHOF -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

It was a jolly good soccer show for the Canadian women last night at Frank Clair Stadium.

Jolly good, indeed, using their hearts -- and their heads -- for a formidable 4-0 win over visiting England. Best of all, Canada\'s second straight shutout of the overwhelmed opposition was keyed by two local heroes, as Charmaine Hooper and Kristina Kiss felt the warmth of a lively crowd of 17,242 fans.

\"It was just great playing in front of that many people here and in front of people who know who you are,\" said Kiss, a 23-year-old Kanata native in her 37th game for the World Cup team. \"I\'m happy with my performance and happy to be part of two good results (including Canada\'s 4-0 win over England three nights earlier in Montreal).\"

\"I think I did my part,\" echoed the 35-year-old Hooper, the Canada\'s all-time leader in games played after dressing in her 96th match. \"But most important was, first of all, playing a good game as a team and, of course, winning the game.

\"One thing we have struggled with in the past is consistency -- playing well from one game to the next ... So for us, our priority is to have a high level of play each game out.\"

Hooper, a Nepean native, made sure of that last night, leading her teammates by example -- especially on situational kicks. Two of her corner kicks led to goals by Vancouver\'s Andrea Neil, including the opener in the eighth minute. Kiss also chipped in on the first goal by collecting a loose ball off Hooper\'s corner and crossing it deep into the box, where Neil headed it past England goalkeeper Rachel Brown.

Kiss had nearly helped put Canada on the board earlier when, in the second minute of action, her corner kick was nearly struck for a goal by Oakville\'s Kara Lang.

Calgary\'s Christine Latham added to Canada\'s lead in the 17th minute, putting her head to Breanna Boyd\'s crossing kick from the left side. Then in the 21st minute came Neil\'s second heads-up goal on another corner kick from Hooper.

\"We\'ve got giants on our team that can get a foot or two off the ground, and they\'re amazing,\" said Kiss. \"Nine out of 10 times, they\'ll win the ball for us.\"

Those three they won for goals proved more than enough. But Lang rounded out scoring the old-fashioned way in the 78th minute, streaking in off the left wing to fire a ball to the far side past the outstretched English \'keeper. At the other end, Canadian \'keeper Karina LeBlanc earned the shutout.

It upped Canada\'s record to 3-2-2 in preparation for the Women\'s World Cup in early fall. Next up is a two-game set against Brazil, including a July 20 match at Frank Clair.

Canada 4

England 0


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