(Langford) Nichelle Prince scored twice as Canada topped Australia 5-0 in what was Christine Sinclair’s penultimate international match.
Cloé Lacasse, Simi Awujo and Adriana Leon also scored a goal for Canada, which led 2-0 at halftime.
Sinclair, the all-time leader in goals with 190, entered the game in the 63rd minute. It was her 330th international appearance for the Canadian as captain. His team led 5-0 when he entered the match.
Sinclair will play one last match on the international stage against these same Australians on Tuesday in her native province of British Columbia. The game will be played at B.C. Place Stadium in front of more than 41,000 people. For the occasion, the location will be renamed Christine Sinclair Place for the event.
Prince gave the Canadians the lead in the 10th minute with a low shot in the corner that beat goalkeeper Teagan Micah.
Prince, Leon and Vanessa Gilles had good scoring chances in the first half. Prince found the back of the net again, making it 2-0 in the 42nd minute. It was his 16th goal for Canada.
Lacasse made it 3-0 in the 49th minute with a low shot. Awujo added to Canada’s lead six minutes later with a left-footed shot. It was the 20-year-old’s first goal, in his eighth game for Canada.
Leon completed the scoring in the 62nd minute of play, scoring his 31st goal for his country.