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Stanford women’s soccer team captain Katie Meyer dies at age 22

The goalkeeper helped her team win the national championship in 2019.
2019 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
Meyer was a goalie at Stanford, seen here at the Division I Women's Soccer Championship game on Dec. 8, 2019, in San Jose, California. Stanford defeated North Carolina in a shootout.Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA Photos via Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

Katie Meyer, the captain and goalkeeper of Stanford University’s women’s soccer team, has died. She was 22 years old.

The university confirmed Meyer’s death in a letter sent to the school’s community on Wednesday. 

According to the letter, which was obtained by NBC News, the undergraduate student died in a campus residence.

“Katie was extraordinarily committed to everything and everyone in her world,” the statement said. “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.”

The letter also referenced Meyer helping Stanford win its third NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2019 after two saves in a penalty shootout. 

2019 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship
Meyer hoisted the trophy after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the Division I championship game in 2019.Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA Photos via Getty Images

In the statement, the university offered resources for students who are grieving and said it will provide details about opportunities to remember Meyer. The statement did not offer insight into how the soccer player died.

Meyer was a senior, who majored in international relations and minored in history. She was also a resident assistant. 

Stanford Athletics posted a heartfelt message on its Twitter page following news of Meyer’s death. 

“The Stanford community has suffered an unimaginable loss. Our thoughts & love are with Katie’s family & friends,” the tweet said. The post also included a photo of Meyer in her soccer uniform and a heart emoji. 

The official U.S. Soccer Twitter page shared Stanford Athletics’ tribute and added, “The thoughts and hearts of the entire U.S. Soccer Federation are with the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Katie Meyer.”

The NCAA and Pac-12 Conference also tweeted posts honoring Meyer.

Stanford’s women’s soccer team uploaded a picture of Meyer in action on the soccer field. “We love you, Katie,” the post said.