Stanford Women's Soccer Captain Katie Meyer Found Dead On Campus

Katie Meyer's performance at the NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2019 had made headlines, prompting cheers for her save and consequent elated reaction.

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Katie Meyer, a 22-year-old student at Stanford University, was found dead in her dorm room, the institution confirmed Wednesday. She was the captain of the women's soccer team and played goalkeeper. The cause of Meyer's death has not been made public yet.

In a letter communicated online with the Stanford community, campus authorities wrote, "There are no words to express the emptiness that we feel at this moment. We are reaching out to all of you in our community, because this impacts all of us. Please know that you are not alone."

Her role in taking Stanford to its third win at the NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2019 was also recognised. She was majoring in international relations, with a minor in history, as per reports.

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Meyer's performance at the 2019 game had made headlines, prompting cheers for her save and consequent elated reaction. She had stopped two penalty shots, according to AP. 


A native of California, Meyer was described by Stanford as "fiercely competitive" and was "extraordinarily committed to everything and everyone in her world... Her friends describe her as a larger-than-life team player in all her pursuits."

Stanford Women's Soccer, on their official social media handle, shared a picture of Meyer on the field, writing, "We love you, Katie." 

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Stanford said that the university's counselling staff "have been on-site at her residence hall" and working with student athletes. "We can all help by checking in on friends and loved ones. Be caring to yourselves and one another," the statement further read.


The United States Soccer Federation, a nonprofit that governs the sport in the United States, also condoled Meyer's death, writing in a tweet, "The thoughts and hearts of the entire U.S. Soccer Federation are with the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Katie Meyer."

Image: CBS News 

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