Beckie Scores Twice in Canada's 5-2 Victory

Beckie Scores Twice in Canada's 5-2 Victory

LUBBOCK, Texas -- To say Janine Beckie had quite the Saturday night might be an understatement.

The Texas Tech senior connected on a pair of goals and even made an appearance as Canada's goalkeeper in a 5-2 victory over Ecuador in the Pan American Games opener at CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Stadium.

Beckie recorded her first goal in just the 12th minute, giving Canada an early 1-0 lead before Ecuador capitalized on an equalizer midway through the opening period. Beckie gathered a failed clearance towards the top of the box and then faked right and fired with her left foot to the far right post for her first of two goals.

It was the second career international goal for Beckie with the Canadian Women's National Team as she previously found the back of the net this past January in the BaoAn Cup match against Korea.

Canada retook the lead once again just before halftime and then proceeded to add three more goals in the second half to secure an important victory in the opening match of pool play.

Beckie, the 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, scored Canada's fourth goal of the night in the 77th minute as she struck again from the top of the box, finding the upper top shelf for one of two multi-goal performances in the match.

Shelina Zadorsky recorded Canada's first and third goals to help pace the attack as well. Her third goal came off a corner kick from Beckie just three minutes into the second half.

Canada led 5-1 late in the match when goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe was issued a red card that disqualified her. Making the situation worse for Canada was it had already used its three allotted substitutions earlier in the match.
With just a few minutes remaining, Beckie was forced to don the goalkeeper jersey and gloves, moving from her role as an attacker to the final defense. Ecuador managed to get one goal back on the ensuing free kick before Canada held on over the final minutes.

Beckie, who is already Texas Tech's all-time career goals leader, had not previously appeared as a goalkeeper at either the collegiate or international levels.

Canada will continue its pool play portion of the Pan American Games on Wednesday night against a Costa Rica club that fell to Brazil, 3-0, in its opening match of the tournament. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT.

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