For most teams, an overtime loss in the NCAA semifinals to the eventual champions would make for a successful end to the season. Most teams, however, aren’t like Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal has appeared in five straight NCAA College Cups dating back to 2008, and after winning the national championship in 2011, falling short in 2012 was a tough pill to swallow.
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Last Friday, senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and joined fellow seniors defender Alina Garciamendez and defender Rachel Quon on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) All-America teams.
While the football team booked a ticket to the Rose Bowl after a late field-goal miss from UCLA, the women’s soccer team’s season ended when North Carolina’s Kealia Ohai scored a breakaway in the 104th minute to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 win.
For most teams in the country, qualifying for the NCAA semifinals would make for a successful season. But for the defending national champions, anything but another title would be a disappointment.
As has been its way this season, the No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer team didn’t let an early deficit keep them down, scoring twice in the second half to take down No. 6 UCLA and advance to their fourth-straight College Cup on Friday night.
With their fourth consecutive Pac-12 conference title and fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA national tournament, the defending NCAA champion women’s soccer team is poised to make yet another title run. After easily advancing into the Round of 16, No. 1 Stanford’s path is blocked by the 17th-ranked Santa Clara Broncos. Stanford faces off against the Broncos in a second round matchup tonight at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at 7 p.m.
On a cold Friday night at Cagan Stadium, the No. 1 women’s soccer team heated up quickly. Seven minutes into the game, sophomore midfielder Alex Doll opened the scoring and from that point on, the Cardinal (18-1-1) never looked back on its way to a 3-0 win over Idaho State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.