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O'Hara, Press are teammates again for U.S. national team

 

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press were teammates again, with each having a hand in Team USA's 4-0 victory over Mexico in a women's soccer international friendly in Rochester, N.Y. on Thursday evening.

O'Hara got the start at left back and Press subbed in for the final 23 minutes as the Americans (10-2-3) played its final contest before taking part in the CONCACAF women's championships, which begins Oct. 15 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Palo Alto and Stanford grad Teresa Noyola played for Team Mexico, while Mexican team captain and Cardinal grad Alina Garciamendez had the night after playing in Mexico's 8-0 loss to the U.S. on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

The CONCACAF championships serve as a qualifier for next year's Women's World Cup in Canada. The top three teams advance automatically while the fourth-place team gets a second chance to qualify.

Press, Heather O' Reilly and Becky Sauerbrunn are the only three players to have appeared in all 15 matches for the U.S.

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan each scored a goal as the USA extended its record unbeaten home streak to 87 games (76-0-11 since Nov. 6, 2004).

The U.S. plays all its CONCACAF matches on American soil, beginning with Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 15 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The Americans recorded their fifth consecutive shutout of Mexico, with a goal differential of 24-0 over that span. Team USA is 29-1-1 all-time against the Mexicans.

The U.S. out-shot Mexico, 16-4, including 7-1 on goal. Team USA also took eight corner kicks to Mexico's one.

Women's volleyball

Merete Lutz recorded 15 kills and Inky Ajanaku added 14 as top-ranked Stanford opened the San Diego Invitational with a 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 victory over the host Toreros, ranked No. 19, on Thursday night.

Lutz and Ajanaku also matched .500 hitting percentages and six blocks. Lutz entered the contest as the national leader in hitting percentage at .576. Ajanaku ranked sixth (.474).

The Cardinal (8-0) plays Eastern Washington on Friday and concludes the tournament with a Saturday morning match against Cal State Northridge.

Jordan Burgess had 11 kills and 15 digs for her team-leading sixth double-double. Brittany Howard and Kyle Gilbert each added 15 digs. Madi Bugg distributed 50 assists.

Men's soccer

Sean Kane scored just over five minutes into the first overtime to give Menlo College a 3-2 victory over visiting La Sierra on Thursday in the Cal Pac Conference opener.

Andrew Nyberg, with an assist from Sebastian Bosch, nailed the equalizer in the 86th minute of play. Enrique Ortiz also scored for the Oaks.

Menlo (2-2-2 overall) hosts Embry Riddle at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the Oaks' women's team.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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