PORTLAND, Ore. - Charmaine Hooper scored early, and Canada
went on to outmuscle China 1-0 Thursday night in the quarterfinals
of the Women's World Cup.
Germany defeated Russia 7-1 in the earlier match, advancing to
oppose the United States on Sunday. Canada goes on to play Sweden
in the other semifinal at Portland's PGE Park.
Christine Latham challenged Han Wenxia early in the match, but
the Chinese goalkeeper made a diving stop at the corner of her
A minute later, Han was unable to stop Hooper's dramatic header
into the net as Canada went ahead in the seventh minute.
Sun Wen, who had just one goal in the tournament and needed one
more to tie Michelle Akers' World Cup record of 12, missed a shot
on Canada goaltender Taryn Swiatek in the 16th minute, and jumped
up and down in frustration.
Meanwhile, Canada was able to keep the technically proficient
Chinese from scoring with savvy, physical play. When Bai Jie came
charging in on the goal in the 68th minute, defender Sharolta Nonen
kept up the pressure until Swiatek was able to fall on the ball.
China, which came into the competition as one of the favorites,
had trouble scoring goals with just three in the first round. China
opened competition with a 1-0 victory over Ghana, a 1-1 tie with
Australia and a 1-0 win over Russia.
Originally scheduled to host this year's World Cup before the
SARS virus outbreak, China advanced to the final in 1999 before
losing to the host United States on penalty kicks.
Sun, who plans to retire at the end of the year, led the 1999
tournament with seven goals and has 106 in her career.
Canada, known for its height and physical strength, lost 4-1 to
Germany in its first game, but rebounded with victories over
Argentina and Japan to advance to the quarterfinals for the first
The announced attendance at PGE Park, home of baseball's
Triple-A Portland Beavers, was 20,021.