Canada clinches 1st in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying group

Christine Sinclair scored twice, and Canada clinched first place in its group Monday with a 5-1 win over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

Christine Sinclair scores 2 goals in 5-1 win over Costa Rica

Canada's Christine Sinclair, right, scores a goal against Costa Rica goalkeeper Julieth Arias as Candace Chapman, left, watches during the first half on Monday night. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Canada warmed up for the semifinals at the CONCACAF women's Olympic soccer qualifying tournament with a 5-1 victory over Costa Rica on Monday night.

Striker Christine Sinclair kept up her strong play with two goals and an assist. The goals were her sixth and seventh of the tournament.

Canada finished the preliminary round with a 3-0 mark and clinched first place in the Pool A. The hosts had already secured a semifinal berth prior to the game.

Canada will meet the second-place team from Pool B in a semifinal game Friday. The opponent will be determined after the U.S. plays Mexico on Tuesday with the loser drawing the Canadians. The winner of the U.S.-Mexico match will face Costa Rica, which finished the preliminary round with a 2-1 record.

The two semifinal winners will earn the right to represent the North and Central American and Caribbean zone at the London Games this summer.

Sophie Schmidt and Kaylyn Kyle also scored for Canada, which led 4-0 at halftime. Canada's other goal came on a Costa Rican own goal early in the second half.