Sudden Death of Stanford Goalkeeper Katie Meyer

By: Kyla Mitchell

Stanford University’s women’s soccer team mourns the death of their captain and goalkeeper this week. Katie Meyer was found dead in a campus residence on Tuesday and her death was announced Wednesday. She was 22. The cause of her death is currently unknown to the public to respect her family’s privacy. She was a senior this year, studying history and relations. 

According to The Washington Post, some people who are affected by Katie’s death said in a statement, “We can all help by checking in on friends and loved ones…”  Athletic Director Bernard Muir and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole told the media, “Katie was a bright shining light for so many on the field and in our community, there are no words to express the emptiness that we feel at this moment.” 

Meyer joined the team in 2018 and redshirted her first season but quickly grabbed attention with her skills. Katie played a key role in leading Stanford to its third NCAA Division I championship saving two penalty kicks during the shootout against North Carolina. During her redshirt days in 2019, Meyer made Stanford Athletics history with only four goals against her in her 2019 season.

Muir wrote in a new statement on Wednesday saying, “Katie was an outstanding student-athlete and a beloved, passionate leader here at Stanford. Our entire athletics community is heartbroken and Katie will be deeply missed.”

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