Stanford University senior goalkeeper and captain Katie Meyer, a standout in the NCAA Division I women’s final, has died.

She was 22.

No cause of death was released.

A senior who majored in international relations and minored in history, Meyer was a resident assistant. She died on Tuesday.

Meyer is best known for making two saves in a penalty shootout against the University North Carolina to help Stanford win its third NCAA Division I women’s soccer championship in 2019.

“Katie was a bright shining light for so many on the field and in our community,” vice provost for student affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and The Jaquish & Kenninger director of athletics Bernard Muir said in a joint statement.

“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.

“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.”

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at