Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 15, 2010

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SOCCER NOTES . . . FC Gold Pride teammates and former Stanford standouts Nicole Barnhart and Rachel Buehler have been named to the U.S. Women's National Team soccer roster and will represent the United States in the upcoming Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying tournament in Cancun, Mexico, Oct. 28-Nov. 8. For Buehler, the Pride captain and national team co-captain, and Barnhart, the Women's Professional Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year, the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament will be their first. The United States will open its tournament on Oct. 28 against Haiti, face Guatemala on Oct. 30 and finish Group B play against Costa Rica on Nov. 1. After round-robin play within the groups, the top two teams in each group will cross over for the all-important semifinals on Nov. 5 at Estadio Beto Ávila, with the first-place team in Group A facing the second place team from Group B and vice-versa. The championship game and third-place match will be played on Nov. 8 at Estadio Quintana Roo.

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . Freshman Alexandra Groetsema from Palo Alto High fired an even-par 71 to lead the first day of play Saturday at the Williams Fall Classic on the 5,128-yard layout at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Ma. That is the lowest round ever by a Williams College woman. She had an 11-shot lead in individual play and the Ephs led in team play by 13 shots over Amherst. Groetsema followed up her first round with a 78 on the second round to take medalist honors (149) by eight shots and lead Williams to the win. She tied the Williams record for lowest two-round total . . . Menlo-Atherton grad Vaughn Smith and Palo Alto High grad James McCollough both contributed to College of San Mateo's 45-0 victory over Los Medanos College on Saturday as the Bulldogs completed a 5-0 nonconference schedule. The Bulldogs ran for 349 yards with Smith carrying 10 times (for a season-low) 62 yards. CSM held the Mustangs to 152 yards of total offense. McCollough had four tackles, three unassisted. In another community college game, Palo Alto High grad Mike Scott caught touchdown passes of 37 and 15 yards to help Foothill College blast visiting West Valley College, 62-0, on Saturday. Scott finished with three catches for 61 yards.

JOB CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep has the following coaching opportunities: girls' assistant frosh-soph soccer coach and boys' head and assistant frosh-soph lacrosse coaches. All interested candidates please contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org. "

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