U.S. beats Canada in 4 Nations women's soccer
The Canadian women's soccer team's 11-game unbeaten streak is over after a 2-1 loss to the United States at the Four Nations Cup on Sunday.
Lindsey Tarpley scored the winner on a long-range shot in the 70th minute to give the top-ranked Americans the victory.
Melissa Tancredi had the lone goal for the ninth-ranked Canadians in the 55th minute. She scored on a hard shot after a long solo run.
"We played very well and created many chances to score," said Canadian head coach Carolina Morace. "At the international level against teams like USA, when you have a chance, you have to score."
Both sides started slowly and the game was scoreless at halftime. American Lauren Cheney opened the scoring in the 53rd minute.
The Canadians, who opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over 11th-ranked China, entered the game on a team-record 9-0-2 unbeaten streak.
China upset fourth-ranked Sweden 2-1 in the other game Sunday.
You Jia had the winning goal in the 61st minute. Josefine Oqvist opened the scoring in the 15th minute before Sweden's Lina Nilsson conceded an own goal.
China plays the U.S. on Tuesday while Canada takes on Sweden. All teams have three points apiece. The tournament is a warmup for the women's World Cup this summer in Germany.
"We are happy not only with the result, but also with the way we played," said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. "We improved and did so much better than the last game against Sweden.
"Whatever we do right now, I know for sure that we will be so much better in the World Cup. Everyone game is important to improve."