This Week in Sports: Season openers and continued dominance

Sept. 4, 2022, 10:31 a.m.

Welcome to This Week In Sports. We are The Daily’s sports editors, Ells Boone and Zach Zafran, and we’ll be walking you through the major games, events and stories from the past week, as well as providing a brief preview of what’s coming up this week.  

Brycen Tremayne and Michael Wilson before the Spring Game at Stanford Stadium on April 9, 2022. The receiving corps came up huge in the team’s season opener, with Wilson hauling in two touchdowns. (Photo: BOB DREBIN/ISI Photos)

Football kicked their season off on Saturday in a big way. On the very first play from scrimmage, the Cardinal showed they were on a mission as junior running back E.J. Smith went 87 yards to the house. Stanford defeated Colgate 48-10 behind Smith’s career-best 118 yards and two touchdowns. The offense also put on a clinic through the air, with sophomore quarterback Tanner McKee passing for 308 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to fifth-year wide receiver Michael Wilson.

Catherine Paulson during a game between UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University on August 28, 2022 in Stanford, California. The Cardinal continued their undefeated start to the season with two wins this week. (Photo: JIM SHORIN/ISI Photos)

No. 12 women’s soccer remains undefeated, adding two to the win column this week. The team started things off on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara, which is the largest margin of victory in the matchup’s history. The Cardinal returned to the pitch four days later to take on No. 8 Penn State. Thanks to five key saves throughout the game from junior goalkeeper Ryan Campbell, Stanford walked away victorious, 2-0. The team continues their homestand on Sunday afternoon, this time welcoming Cal Poly (TKTKTK) to Cagan Stadium.

Men’s soccer held things down as well, extending their unbeaten streak to three games. The Cardinal avenged a loss from last season by taking down SMU 3-1, thanks to stout defensive efforts. They took care of business again on Thursday, leading off a doubleheader at Cagan Stadium with the women’s team, by defeating UC Davis 3-0. Through intense heat and physical play, as 27 fouls were whistled in the match, Stanford gutted out the victory with sophomore forward Jackson Kiil contributing his second goal in just three games. The team will return to action on Sunday night with a home game versus San Jose State.

Taylor Beaven, Elena Oglivie, and Kami Miner during a game between Stanford University and Florida at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal came up with a huge ranked victory in the home opener, but face another challenge on Sunday. (Photo: MIKE RASAY/ISI Photos)

No. 12 women’s volleyball had a huge week, taking down No. 13 Florida in the process. The Cardinal won in 5 sets as senior opposite Kendall Kipp and redshirt junior outside hitter Caitie Baird paced the team in kills with 19 and 15, respectively. On Sunday, the team will face their biggest challenge of the season by playing the number one team in the country. Stanford welcomes No. 1 Texas to The Farm, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. PT in Maples Pavilion.

In their first action since winning the NCAA championship last spring, women’s golf returned to the course. Competing in the Carmel Cup, the team wasted no time in getting back to championship form as they sit in the lead after two rounds ahead of Sunday’s final round. Sophomore Roze Zhang set the course record with a 9-under-63 on Saturday and sits in first place individually.  

Field hockey put up two competitive outings this week but ultimately fell short in both. The Cardinal traveled to the East Coast, taking on one of the country’s best. The team kept things close all game with No. 1 Maryland, but an early goal from the Terrapins was too much to overcome in the 1-0 loss. Stanford returned home to face Indiana on Friday but, despite outshooting the Hoosiers 13-4, ultimately lost in overtime 3-2. They will take on their third straight Big 10 opponent with a matchup versus Michigan State at noon on Sunday.

Rebecca Story, Christina Aragon, Lucy Jenks during the University of San Francisco Invitational Cross Country Meet at Golden Gate Park on September 4, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Jenks finished second in the race, right behind her teammate Riley Stewart. (Photo: JOHN LOZANO/ISI Photos)

Cross country opened up their season just a short drive away in the USF Invitational on Saturday. Despite sitting many of its top runners, the team won both the men’s and women’s team races. The women placed seven in the top 10, with freshman Riley Stewart earning first place in her collegiate debut. The Cardinal have a three-week hiatus before their next competition, the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

No. 4 Men’s water polo also opened up their season this weekend, with the team competing in the Bruno Classic. Domination was the name of the game in a 27-6 win over Wagner, and the team continued their winning ways with a 19-6 victory over No. 16 Harvard. Freshmen accounted for nine of the team’s goals. They’ll wrap up the weekend with ranked matchups against No. 19 Brown and No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday.

And in other news, one of Stanford’s all-time greats is returning to The Farm. The Stanford Daily was the first to break the news on Tuesday that former Stanford quarterback and No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck ’12 is coming back to Stanford in the fall, this time as a graduate student. Luck will be pursuing a Masters of Arts in education.

Zach Zafran is the managing editor of the sports section. He is a sophomore from the Bay Area, who is majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. Zach has previous experience reporting and writing with SFGATE, and you can find him around campus wearing swim trunks no matter the weather. Follow him on Twitter at @ZachZafran and contact him at sports 'at' stanforddaily.com.Ells Boone is the managing editor for the sports section. He is a junior from Virginia Beach, Virginia, studying communication and economics. You can catch him waking up early on weekend mornings to watch his favorite Premier League team, Tottenham Hotspur, play. Contact him at eboone24 'at' stanforddaily.com.

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