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Sophie Schmidt scored twice as Canada opened defence of its Cyprus Cup women's soccer title with a convincing 5-1 win over Scotland on a chilly afternoon Tuesday.

Kelly Parker, captain Christine Sinclair and Melissa Tancredi also scored for the seventh-ranked Canadians. Jane Ross replied for the No. 22 Scots.

Parker opened the scoring in the sixth minute, on a 23-yard shot. Scotland tied it when Ross banged in a rebound off a fine save by Stephanie Labbe.

Schmidt gave Canada the lead in the 36th minute on another rebound, knocking it home from 10 yards. She scored again in the 53rd finishing off a rush with Parker and Sinclair.

Sinclair extended the lead in the 59th, curling in a right-footed shot off the post from 22 yards out. It was her 12th goal in 16 Cyprus Cup matches since 2008.

Tancredi made it 5-1 with a shot from 15 yards out in the 64th minute.

The Canadians have done well in Cyprus in recent years, making the final every year, and winning in 2008, 2010 and last year. Their all-time record is now 14-1-1.

The Canadians face 11th-ranked Italy on Thursday and No. 14 Netherlands on Sunday to wrap up Group B round-robin action.

Group A features England (No. 8), Finland (20), France (6), and Switzerland (25), while Group C is comprised of New Zealand (24), Ireland (54), South Africa (66) and South Korea (9).

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