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Sports - January 27, 2012

Sports Shorts

CLOSING IN . . . Two current and three former Stanford women's soccer players are a victory away from spending time next summer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Current students Teresa Noyola and Alina Garciamendez and Cardinal grads Rachel Buehler, Kelly O'Hara and Nicole Barnhart remain in contention for that trip, which will be determined on Friday in the semifinals of the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. Buehler had a pair of assists for the U.S. Women's National Team in its 4-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday in the Group B final. Noyola and Garciamendez play for Mexico. The USA earned the full nine points to win the group stage, posting a plus-31 goal differential while earning the right to face Group A runner-up Costa Rica in the semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m. Despite the loss to the U.S., Mexico still will play host Canada in the other semifinal on Friday, based on points. Canada topped Costa Rica, 5-1, on Monday to win Group A. The semifinal winners earn berths to the 2012 London Olympics.

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