Former Stanford All-American Christen Press scored her first Olympic goal and the United States women’s national soccer team downed New Zealand 6-1 at Saitama Stadium on Saturday.
The Americans put themselves into a good position to advance into the knockout round entering Tuesday’s final group play match against Australia.
Sweden beat Australia to secure its berth in the next round. The U.S. will advance with a win or tie against the Aussies.
Press also assisted on Alex Morgan’s goal in the 87th minute and forced an own goal when her crossing pass hit off a defender’s foot and redirected into the net.
Former Stanford standouts Jane Campbell and Catarina Macario were on the active roster for the contest and are officially Olympians. Macario saw game action.
Former Sacred Heart Prep stars Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, both defenders, were in the starting lineup for the U.S. Stanford grad Kelley O’Hara was not on the active roster for the game.
New Zealand is captained by Stanford grad Ali Riley.
Stanford grad Austin Hack was part of the men’s eight boat that finished second to Germany in its heat of the preliminaries.
Germany won the race in a time of 5:28.95. The Americans, with Hack in seat four, crossed the finish line in 5:30.57.
The U.S. qualified for the repechage and a chance to make the finals at Sea Forest Waterway.
Incoming Stanford freshman Torri Huske finished in heat four of the 100 butterfly, swimming 56.29. to advance into the semifinals. World record holder Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden touched first in 56.18.
Huske recorded the fourth best time of the preliminaries at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Stanford grad Brody Malone recorded an overall score of 85.298 and finished 11th overall to qualify for the next round.
Malone also qualified for the all-around and high bar finals.
Cardinal alum David Jessen, competing for Czech Republic, recorded an overall score of 75.331 and finished 57th.
Stanford grad Erik Shoji recorded a team-high six digs and the U.S. men’s team beat France, 25-18, 25-18, 25-22, in its first group play match. Kawika Shoji was one of three players who did not see action.
Taylor Sander led the Americans with 15 points. Matt Anderson had 13 points.