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Stanford soccer player Katie Meyer, 22, dies

Katie Meyer went viral in 2019 for her animated celebration after stopping a penalty kick on the way to helping Stanford to the national title.

STANFORD, Calif — UPDATE, MARCH 3: The medical examiner in Santa Clara County, Calif., has ruled the death of Stanford women's soccer player Katie Meyer was self-inflicted and that there were no signs of foul play. 


Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer, who memorably led the Cardinal to victory in the 2019 NCAA College Cup championship game, had died. She was 22.

The cause of death was not released. Stanford first announced the death of a student at one of its residence halls on Monday. On Tuesday, the university confirmed it was Meyer, a senior international relations major.

Meyer stopped two penalty shots to lead Stanford to a 5-4 shootout victory over North Carolina after a scoreless draw in the 2019 championship game.

The native Californian got attention for her animated celebration after the second save of the shootout before teammate Kiara Pickett drilled her attempt to hand Stanford the trophy.

“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,” Stanford said in a statement.

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