22-Year-Old Stanford Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper and Captain Dies Unexpectedly

A 22-year-old goalkeeper and captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team died on Tuesday, according to the university.

Stanford University announced the passing of Katie Meyer on Wednesday, which happened in an on-campus residence, but the campus did not provide the cause of death.

“Katie Diane Meyer was born on Jan. 20, 2000, in Burbank, California. Meyer graduated second in her class from the Century Academy in Thousand Oaks, California in 2018 after playing soccer for Newbury Park High school for three years and participating on multiple U.S. national teams,” Stanford Daily reported.

Read below the news release from Stanford University:

Dear students, faculty and staff,

We are writing to follow up on this message about the death of one of our undergraduate students in a campus residence. It is with great sadness that we report that Katie Meyer, a senior majoring in International Relations and minoring in History, a Resident Assistant, and a team captain and goalkeeper on the Stanford Women’s Soccer Team, has passed away. Please join us in offering our deepest condolences to her parents and sisters. We would also like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Katie’s friends, hallmates, classmates, teammates, faculty and coaches. University counseling staff have been on-site at her residence hall, and athletics counseling staff have been working with our student athletes. We will continue to reach out and offer support to the many campus community members who knew her.

Katie 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, from choosing an academic discipline she said “changed my perspective on the world and the very important challenges that we need to work together to overcome” to the passion she brought to the Cardinal women’s soccer program and to women’s sports in general. Fiercely competitive, Katie made two critical saves in a penalty shootout against North Carolina to help Stanford win its third NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2019. 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. We are reaching out to all of you in our community, because this impacts all of us. Please know you are not alone. There are resources available to support us during this difficult time. We can all help by checking in on friends and loved ones. Be caring to yourselves and one another. We will grieve this great loss together, and we will be here for each other. More details about opportunities to remember Katie as a community will be communicated as soon as we are able.


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Bernard Muir
The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics

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