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Stanford goalkeeper died by suicide, authorities say

Katie Meyer, who led her school to the 2019 national title, was found dead Tuesday in campus housing.
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The death of Stanford University's star goalkeeper was determined to be self-inflicted and there were no signs of foul play, authorities disclosed on Thursday.

Katie Meyer was found unresponsive in her campus dorm before she was pronounced dead by Palo Alto firefighters at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a Santa Clara County Sheriff's statement.

"The County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner is investigating Kathryn Meyer’s death. There is no indication of foul play, and Meyer’s death was determined to be self-inflicted," according to a statement from Santa Clara County authorities.

"The Medical Examiner-Coroner extends sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Katie Meyer."

Meyer, 22, an international relations major from Newbury Park, California, would have been a senior headed into this fall season.

Meyer was best known for stopping two penalty kicks in a dramatic shootout victory over the University of North Carolina in the 2019 NCAA final as Stanford hoisted the Women's College Cup.

In the 2021 season, Meyer, the team captain, played in all 20 of Stanford's matches as the Cardinal finished fourth in the Pac-12 conference and advanced to postseason play before it bowed out to a local rival, Santa Clara University.

Her death was felt throughout the tightly knit world of women's soccer.

The Stanford women's basketball team wore Cardinal women's soccer T-shirts during warmups of its Pac-12 Tournament game on Thursday in honor of Meyer.

CORRECTION (March 4, 2022, 10:57 ET): A previous version of this article misstated the information from authorities about whether there were signs of foul play in Meyer's death. Authorities said there were no signs of foul play.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.