Six players from Bay Area colleges have been invited to U.S. soccer training camp ahead of games against Mexico, coach Jill Ellis said Friday.

Cal alum Alex Morgan and Stanford graduate Christen Press lead the group at the forward spot. Joining them are Stanford alums Nicole Barnhart, Kelley O'Hara and Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke. Santa Clara graduate Julie Johnston is one of the team's defenders.

The women will play Mexico in two exhibition games -- Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, and Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York.

The camp will help determine who makes the 20-member team for World Cup qualifying games in October. The women's World Cup is next summer in Canada.

"It's no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we're looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF championship," Ellis said in a statement.

College soccer

Taylor Comeau scored on a penalty kick in the 31st minute to break a 0-0 tie, and No. 21 Cal (3-0) went on to a 3-0 women's soccer win over LIU Brooklyn at the University of San Francisco Tournament. The Bears out-shot the Blackbirds 15-5 with eight shots on goal.

Sofia Huerta scored in the 76th minute, giving No. 15 Santa Clara a 1-0 home win over Florida International.


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Sienna Drizin scored from the far end line off a tough angle in the 77th minute, giving UC Davis a 1-0 win over visiting San Jose State (0-2).

  • Substitute Christian Thierjung scored just before halftime, but the No. 7 Cal men's team opened with a 3-1 loss at No. 22 North Carolina.

    No. 20 Stanford came up empty against Creighton, falling 2-0 to the host Bluejays in front of a crowd of 2,612. The Cardinal had just six shots in its opener.

    Edison Cardonia scored in the 108th minute to give Santa Clara a 3-2 overtime win at Nebraska-Omaha. The Broncos rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

    College volleyball

    Jordan Burgess had 15 kills, leading No. 3 Stanford to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 win over host Iowa State.

    Freshman Ashten Smith-Gooden had eight kills in her college debut as Cal opened with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Colorado Springs.

    Sabrina Clayton had nine kills and seven digs, leading Santa Clara to a 25-13, 25-13 and 25-19 rout of St. Francis Brooklyn in Long Island, New York.

    Tyanna Roy had 10 kills, but San Jose State fell to Liberty 25-9, 25-21, 25-21 in Elon, North Carolina.

    College field hockey

    Freshman Alie Zimmer scored her second goal of the game in overtime to give Cal a 2-1 win over Fairfield at Stanford's Varsity Turf. Lauren Becker had two goals as No. 12 Stanford beat No. 18 Delaware 4-0.

    San Jose Giants

    San Jose exploded for five runs in the second inning, and Tyler Horan and Brandon Bednar added solo homers in a 12-3 rout of host High Desert. Horan finished with three hits and three RBIs, while teammate Ben Turner went 4 for 5. Starter and winner Joe Kurrasch allowed a run and five hits in six innings.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.