Former Stanford soccer standouts help USA women win


Stanford grad Christen Press recorded an assist and Cardinal grad Kelley O'Hara was a late-game replacement as the United States women's national soccer team beat Ireland, 3-0, in a friendly match at San Jose's Avaya Stadium on Sunday.

Press was in position to pick up a clearance kick that bounced off an Ireland defender and then feed it to Abby Wambach for the first goal of the match.

O'Hara played the final 30 minutes, helping Team USA keep the Irish away from the net. The Americans held a 26-0 edge in shots, 19-0 edge in corner kicks and took 10 shots on goal.

Team USA has two more matches before opening World Cup play in June. The Americans meet Mexico next Sunday, and South Korea on May 30.

The U.S. opens World Cup competition against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.


Former Menlo-Atherton standout Caprice Powell (Class of 2010) was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year at Sacramento State recently at the university's annual Green and Golden Globe Awards.

Powell, a native of East Palo Alto, helped guide the Sacramento State women's track and field team to the Big Sky Conference indoor title. During the year, she set the school record in the indoor 60 as well as the 200. She went on to finish first at the Big Sky meet in the 200 and placed fifth in the 60.

During the outdoor season, Powell currently leads the Big Sky in the 100 and 200. Her 200 time of 23.90 is the second-fastest in school history and the quickest since 1983. In addition, Powell ranks eighth in the Hornet record book in the 100.


Menlo School grad Michaela Michael, a sophomore at USC, was named the Player of the Year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation recently.

On the second team, sophomore defender Nina Kelty from Palo Alto High received her second all-league selection.


Palo Alto's Daniela Barnea had herself a great meet at the recent Masters National Short Course Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Barnea won all six events she competed in in her age bracket -- 400 and 200 IM, 200,100 50 breast, and 200 fly.

While she did not break any national records, Barnea was able to lower some Pacific recoreds, including a 16-second improvement in the 200 fly.

Katie Glenn (35-39), the only other swimmer from Stanford Masters, also had a great meet as she broke all the breaststroke national records for her age group -- 50, 100 and 200.

Between Barnea and Glenn, Stanford finished 20th overall in the women's division out of about 140 teams entered.

Barnea, for one, will be back in the pool on Sunday for the swimming competition at the Bay Area Senior Games at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Action runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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