Katie Meyer, Stanford University’s women’s soccer goalkeeper, died on Wednesday, at 22. The university sent out a statement on Wednesday by Susie BrubakerCole, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and Bernard Muir Director of Athletics.
We are sad to report the passing of Katie Meyer, a senior majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. She was a goalkeeper and team captain on the Stanford Women’s Soccer Team.
Katie was a tireless supporter of everyone and everything in her life. Katie was described by her friends as an extraordinary team player. She said that choosing an academic discipline changed her perspective on the world, and she believes it helped her to see the importance of working together to overcome them.
Katie was fiercely competitive and made two crucial saves against North Carolina in a penalty shootout to help Stanford win the NCAA women’s soccer title in 2019. Katie was an inspiration to so many in the community and on the field.
The statement said, “There are no words that can express the sadness we feel at the moment.” We are reaching out to everyone in our community because this affects all of us. “Please know that you are not alone,” Meyer’s family offered condolences to his friends, family, teammates, faculty, coaches, and coworkers.
Meyer, a skilled goalkeeper, was a key part of the Stanford 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship tournament win. Yahoo Sports reports that Meyer’s celebration of penalty kicks in the title match was what won her fans over, while also making others mad. After regulation, Stanford and North Carolina were tied and remained 0-0 in overtime. For the first time, the NCAA championship had sent the match to penalty kicks.
Meyer saved the first penalty attempt but the score was tied at 4-4. Meyer saved the second penalty attempt, but the sides reached a 4-4 draw. Meyer celebrated by stoking the celebration near the goalpost. Stanford won the title with a 5-4 win by Kiara Pickett.
Katie, who was 22 years old in January, is survived her parents, older sibling Samantha, and younger sibling Sienna. Her cause of death was not revealed at the time of publication. As more information becomes available, this story will be updated.