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NY Times article - Christine Sinclair

Here is the article re: cousin Christine Sinclair

Article from the NY Times, on-line edition.

Portland Takes N.C.A.A. Title

Filed at 8:36 p.m. ET

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Christine Sinclair scored her second goal in the
second overtime period Sunday, sending Portland to a 2-1 victory over
Santa Clara in the NCAA Women's College Cup final and giving the Pilots
their first national championship.

Sinclair, a Canadian national team player who tied the game at 1-1 with
a goal in the 61st minute, put back a rebound of her own shot for the
win in sudden-death overtime. It was Sinclair's 26th goal of the season
and her 10th of the NCAA tournament.

Devvyn Hawkins scored for Santa Clara, which won the 2001 national

It was just the third Women's College Cup final to go to overtime.
Portland lost to Notre Dame 1-0 in triple overtime in 1995.

Santa Clara applied most of the pressure in the first extra period,
forcing Pilots goalkeeper Lauren Arase to make three tough saves. Arase
left the game after getting kneed in the head in a collision in the
penalty box.

Portland (20-4-2) went on the offensive in the second overtime and
Sinclair didn't waste her chance to put it away.

Sinclair dashed into the penalty area toward a low cross and was able to
flick it on goal. Santa Clara goalkeeper Alyssa Sobolik made the block
but the ball bounced off her chest, hit the right post and bounced back
to Sinclair, who calmly put it into the net.

Santa Clara (20-5-1) and Portland are West Coast Conference rivals. The
Broncos beat Portland 1-0 in their only other meeting this season.
Sinclair missed that game because she was playing with the Canadian
national team.

Sunday's first half was scoreless as both teams worked to find their
touch on a field that was made soggy by a steady drizzle.

Portland's defense, which hadn't given up a goal in six games, finally
cracked in the 53rd minute when Hawkins finished a corner kick with a
volley past Arase.

Portland tied the game eight minutes later when Sinclair scored on an
unlikely shot aided by the slick conditions.

Sinclair broke free down the left side and reversed field before sending
a low cross into the box. The ball skipped on the wet grass and curled
around Sobolik, sliding just inside the right post.

Sinclair's set an NCAA tournament record with 21 points on 10 goals and
one assist. North Carolina's Mia Hamm set the previous mark of 16 in

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