I am truly at a loss for words.
This past week, I opened my Facebook to see a headline no sports fan wants to see: “Stanford Soccer Star Passes Away at Age 22.”
Katie Meyer, goalkeeper, and captain for the Cardinal, died tragically by suicide. While the motive is still somewhat unclear, many have said Meyer did the unthinkable before facing the consequences of an incident that occurred on Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
Those close to Meyer say that the final email stating a trial was in her future was the final straw.
“Katie, being Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident and the repercussions of her defending that teammate were possibly resulting in disciplinary action,” Steven Meyer, her father, said on The Today Show.
“We have not seen that email yet,” her mother, Gina Meyer, said. “She had been getting letters for a couple months. This letter was kind of the final letter that there was going to be a trial or something. This is the only thing that we can come up with that triggered something.”
Due to the nature of both the trial and Meyer’s passing, Stanford said that “we are not able to share information about confidential student disciplinary matters. We as a university community continue to grieve with Katie’s family and cherish our memories of her.”
U.S. Women’s Soccer has even made a statement regarding Meyer on Twitter. “The thoughts and hearts of the entire U.S. Soccer Federation are with the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Katie Meyer.”
Several other Stanford, amateur, and professional athletes across the nation have also sent regards to the Meyer family.
I think it is only natural for this Editor’s Corner today to be about Katie Meyer. Below are some of her achievements as a part of the Stanford Cardinal Women’s Soccer Team. *Statistics and Facts Courtesy of Stanford Athletics*
- NCAA Champion
- Two-time Pac-12 Champion
- Two College Cup Appearances
- 2019 College Cup All-Tournament Team
- 2019 United Coaches All-West Region Third Team
- Two-Time Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll
- 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8
- Team Captain
- CoSIDA Academic All-District 8
- Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll
- Team Captain
- As a Sophomore, Started All 14 Matches in Goal for the Cardinal, Playing 1294:00 Minutes on the Season
- Went 6-6-2 as Starter
- Posted a Low Goals Against Average at 0.97
- Made 49 Saves
- Partnered with Michayla Gussler for a Combined Shutout Against Utah (March 5) in a 5-0 Win
- Held No. 21 Washington Scoreless on the Road, Making a pair of saves (March 12)
- Posted Overtime Shutouts against Oregon (March 28), USC (April 9) and California (April 16)
- Made a Season-High Seven Saves at Arizona State (April 4) and Against USC (April 9)
National Team Experience
- US Girls National Team 1st International Women’s Tournament of Gradisca (2016)
- US Soccer Striker/Goalkeeper Camp in Carson, Calif. (December 2016)
- U16 Girl’s National Team in Italy and the Netherlands (2015)
- Has Participated in Domestic Camps for U16, U17, and U18 National Teams
- Alternate for U17 World Cup (2016)