PALA ALTA, CA (KRON) – A young woman who led a Stanford University football team to the national championship was found dead on campus on Tuesday.
22-year-old Katie Meyer was the star goalkeeper and captain of Stanford’s women’s soccer team.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Katie Meyer, Senior Specialist in International Relations and History, Assistant Permanent Staff and Team Captain … has died,” wrote Susie Brubaker-Cole, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs. in a message to the campus community on Wednesday.
According to the Stanford Daily, students saw ambulances and law enforcement vehicles arrive at Meyer’s dorm room at Crosers Hall at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
University administrators have not yet published information on the causes of Meyer’s death out of respect for her family’s privacy.
Meyer was known as a fiercely competitive and passionate student-athlete.
She made two critical saves in a penalty shootout against North Carolina to help Stanford win the third NCAA Women’s Football Championship in 2019.
“Katie was a bright light for many on the field,” Cole wrote. “Katie has been extraordinarily devoted to everyone in her world. Her friends describe her as a team player greater than life in all her pursuits. ”
Meyer once wrote that she decided to pursue a major in international relations because it “changed my view of the world and the very important issues we need to work together to overcome.”
Meyer was born in Burbank, California.
She went to Newbury Park High School, where she was a pioneer for women in sports. She used her football skills to become the starting kicker of the high school college football team.
In a 2020 interview with Just a women’s sport, Meyer said, “Everywhere there are girls who have been forced to say, ‘Oh, I’m a toad.’ No, you’re a strong girl. You’re a hot girl, and that’s okay. “
“There is no more pure joy than winning a championship,” Meyer said.
“If there is a day when I don’t feel such joy after saving the PC in the championship, I will stop playing. I will go to law school, ”she told JWS.
Meyer Stanford Athletics Highlights of your career
- NCAA Champions (2019)
- Two-time Pac-12 champions (2018-19)
- Two performances in the College Cup (2018-19)
- Team of all Colleges Cup 2019 tournaments
- Third Team 2019 United Coaches All West Region
- Double Autumn Diploma Pac-12 (2019, 2020-21)
- 2021 CoSIDA Academic All – District 8
- Team captain (2020, 2021, 2022)
Meyer is survived by her parents, Stephen and Gina, and her two sisters, Samantha and Sienna.
“We will continue to appeal to and offer support to many members of the campus community who knew her. There are no words to express the emptiness we are feeling at the moment. Please know that you are not alone. There are resources to support us in this difficult time. We can all help by checking friends and family, ”Cole wrote. “Take care of yourself and each other. We are going through this great loss together. “