Menlo-Atherton grad Dana Gornick and her Colorado College women's soccer teammates kicked off the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea Thursday with a 1-0 victory over South Africa at Honam University.
Lauren Milliet scored the lone goal in the 34th minute, a give-and-go with Kaeli Vandesluis from the middle of the box.
The Tigers are representing the U.S. at the Games. USA plays France on Saturday.
USA finished with a 13-6 advantage in total shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Stanford women's water polo team is representing the U.S., including the coaching staff, in that sport.
The NCAA champions Cardinal open Friday against Australia. The team is playing without the services of its senior national team members.
The USA men, represented by UCLA, opened with a 13-12 win over Japan at the Yeomju Indoor Aquatics Center.
In other action, the U.S. men's volleyball team, with Stanford's Kyle Dagostino and Kevin Rakestraw, dropped a 25-22, 25-16, 25-10 decision to the Czech Republic in preliminary play in front of a crowd of 3,600 inside Yeomju Gymnasium.
The Czech Republic scored on 33 U.S. errors. The Americans hope to rebound against Australia on Friday.
The women's team opens play against Japan on Saturday. Stanford senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess was originally on the roster but did not make the trip. Duke's Emily Skylar replaced her.