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Sports - August 31, 2018

Sports Shorts

ON THE ROAD ...The 10th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team, which played to a scoreless draw in its season opener with San Jose State, gets its first road test Friday at Maryland (0-1) and Monday at Georgetown (1-1). The Cardinal (0-0-1) has an interesting task ahead in its first meeting with the Terrapins in five years. Maryland lost its first game of the year at Washington, vaulting the Huskies to No. 3 in the national rankings from No. 24. Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn isn't about to start worrying, taking the long view. He knows playing well and winning don't necessarily share the same closet space. He's also molding a team that lost seven starters from last year's NCAA championship team . . . The top-ranked Stanford continues its road trip at Minnesota on Sunday. Stanford took a 24-game winning streak into BYU on Thursday. The longest win streak in program history stands at 25 (2009; 2011-12), while the longest unbeaten streak stands at 28 (2011-12). Junior defender Tierna Davidson missed the trip due to her responsibility with the United States national team for games against Chile on Friday and Tuesday . . . The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team plays at BYU on Friday and then meets Wichita State and West Virginia in Provo on Saturday. The Cardinals is off to a 2-0 start and junior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer recorded the 1,000th kill of her career in Stanford's win over Howard . . . The Menlo College men's soccer team goes on the road for the first time, visiting Simpson University for a 1 p.m. nonconference meeting Friday. The Oaks (3-0) play nine of their next 12 matches on the road, including the next four.

BEAR WITH IT ...Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Director Steven Kryger announced that Charles Washington, Jr. will coach the M-A boys wrestling program this winter. Phil Hoang has been coaching both the boys and girls programs the past few years and following the success of the girls program, the school decided to maintain separate coaches. M-A is the two-time defending Central Coast Section girls champions. Washington, Jr., a Menlo-Atherton grad, is a firefighter for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and has been assisting with the boys team the past five years. Washington wrestled and played football for the Bears.

RUSHING TO WORLD CUP ...Stanford grads Kiley Neushul and Jordan Raney each scored three goals and the United States women's national water polo team completed a three-game sweep of Australia with a 14-3 victory over the Aussies at Santa Barbara High. The U.S. will be in Surgut, Russia for the FINA World Cup, which begins Tuesday. The Americans are two-time defending champions of the event.

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