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Stanford's O'Hara helps U.S. U-20 soccer team clinch berth

Cardinal junior scores another goal as USA team qualifies for FIFA World Cup

Stanford junior Kelley O'Hara recorded her sixth goal in four games for the United States National Under-20 women's soccer team in a 4-0 semifinal victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico.

The victory clinched a berth to the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, the fourth time in as many such tournaments.

The U.S. and Canada meet in the CONCACAF Final on Saturday.

"Of course we're happy to be going to the World Cup," American coach Tony DiCicco said. "It's very important to win games, but I also want to play to our standard. I have to give credit to Costa Rica, they created a lot of problems for us in the midfield, but we hope to learn from that and play better against (Canada) on Saturday."

Four different players scored for the U.S., all in the first half.

O'Hara tied for the team and tournament lead when she scored to make it 3-0 in the 21st minute. Megan Klingenberg, Ingrid Wells and Jessica McDonald each scored their first goals of the tournament.

The Americans' defense recorded their fourth shutout in as many matches.

The World Cup will be contested in Chile in late November.

Volleyball

Stanford women's volleyball players, both past and present, will contribute a significant part of the United States Olympic team's power.

Grads Ogonna Nnamani, Kristin Richards and Logan Tom, along with current seniors Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza are all either outside hitters, middle blockers or opposite hitters.

All five of them have been named to the 19-player preliminary roster that the U.S. will submit to FIVB as possible players in Beijing. The final 12-player roster will be determined in mid-July.

Tom is a two-time Olympian and Nnamani appeared in the 2004 Olympics. Barboza was an alternate in 2004. All but Nnamani will be with the national team this weekend for the FIVB Grand Prix in Poland.

Stanford grads Gabe Gardner and Kevin Hansen were named to the 19-player preliminary roster for the U.S. Olympic men's team.

Gardner is an outside hitter while Hansen established himself as one of the top setters in Stanford history.

Softball

Stanford grad Lauren Lappin drove in two runs with a first-inning single as the United States senior national team pounced on Team Texas, 13-0, on Wednesday night at the Killeen Athletic Complex in front of a packed house of 2,145.

Lappin also caught Jennie Finch's six-inning no-hitter. Finch walked one and struck out nine.

Team USA (50-1) will be in Midland, Texas, for a game on Friday night as part of its Bound 4 Beijing tour.

Water polo

Stanford Water Polo Club goalkeeper Ruth Milne was named to the U.S. women's junior national team, which will compete in the Global Championships at Los Alamitos beginning July 11. The roster also includes Maggie Steffens, whose older sister, Jessica, attends Stanford and is currently vying for a spot on the Olympic team.n

Qualifying for the women's 20-under and Senior National championships will be held Friday at Stanford, Saturday at Palo Alto High and Sunday at Diablo Valley College.

The Stanford Red team already has qualified for both tournaments after winning the 20-under title last season and taking fourth at Senior Nationals (21-over).

Stanford White will attempt to become the second Stanford qualifier in both tournaments while the SJ Splash features Sacred Heart Prep grads Caroline Clark, Christie Clark, Lindsay Dorst, Adriana Vogt and Menlo-Atherton's Rebecca Dorst.

Friday's matches at Stanford begin at 1:50 p.m. with Stanford White taking on Diablo B. On Saturday at Palo Alto High, Stanford White will face SJ Splash to start things at 9 a.m. Senior National action starts at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, Senior National qualifying continues at DVC.

Last weekend featured qualifying for the National Junior Olympics, and local teams fared very well. The Stanford Water Polo Club boys, for example, qualified all seven teams it entered.

The 18-under A team finished second to top-seeded Lamorinda, losing in the championship game 7-5. Based on last year's results from Junior Olympics, Stanford should enter JOs as the No. 3 seed.

The 18-under B team had a great run in the tournament as it upset No. 3 seed Diablo in the quarterfinals, 6-5, and beat the No. 4 seed 680 Drivers in the third-place game, 7-4. Stanford came in seeded No. 6.

The 14-under A team lost by two goals to Lamorinda in the semifinals on Sunday, but beat Marin in the third-place game. The 14-under B squad won its final two games to grab ninth, the final qualifying spot. The 12-under team finish fourth.

The Stanford WPC girls also were busy with JO qualifying in the East Bay, too.

The 18-under Red squad won three games, including a 3-1 triumph over NorCal in the championship match. The 18-under White team finished fifth.

The 14s finished third to qualify, as well. All the 16-under teams qualified a week earlier.

The NorCal Girls Water Polo Club, based out of Menlo-Atherton, qualified its 18-under and 16-under teams during the past two weekends.

The 18-under A team, of course, finished second to Stanford at Miramonte High in Moraga. Fourteen teams were competing for seven JO berths while trying to reach the 48-team JO tournament.

The NorCal 16-under squad finished third a week earlier, trailing only defending national JO champ Diablo and runnerup Stanford Red.

The Junior Olympics for girls will be held July 31-Aug. 3 in Irvine.

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