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Herdman gets his first win as the women’s national team coach

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Amy Pietrangelo
John Herdman recorded his first win as the coach of Canadian women’s national team.

Canada got goals from veterans Christina Julien and Christine Sinclair, and the first-ever senior international marker from 18-year-old Amy Pietrangelo, as it beat Costa Rica 3-1 in their opening game of the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Pietrangelo, playing in her third senior match for Canada, put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 82nd minute — a goal set up by Sinclair. Pietrangelo played in four W-League matches this past summer with the Laval Cometes.

Canada started off poorly — and allowed the Costa Ricans to take the lead. Canadian defender Lauren Sesselman was cautioned for fouling an attacker in the penalty area, and Shirley Cruz buried the ensuing penalty kick.

But the Ottawa Fury’s Julien equalized for Canada just two minutes after the Costa Ricans took the lead. Then, seven minutes into the second half, Sinclair scored what would be the winning goal. It was her sixth goal for Canada this season.

Canada drew and lost their first two games under Herdman — both friendlies against the United States.

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