The record-breaking USWNT cruised to the most goals in a tournament (26) and a game (13) en route to becoming just the second nation to win back-to-back titles.
Though Sunday marks the conclusion of the World Cup, the entire 23-player roster plays stateside in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), including two Stanford players on Utah Royals FC.
It was the first time since 2003 and the fourth time overall that the Americans managed to win all three group stage matches. The USWNT tally of 18 goals set a new record for most group stage goals ever by any team.
Drawing crowds to a packed Cagan Stadium, even in the pouring rain, the Stanford women’s soccer team (21-1-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) finished the 2018 season in the NCAA semi-finals.
The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to kick off this summer in France and run from June 7 to July 7. Games will be played in nine venues across the soccer-fevered country, which is the reigning FIFA Men’s World Cup championship. The stage is set now, however, for the world’s female stars to take the spotlight, and the United States — the reigning champion and 2-1 favorites to repeat — certainly has a target on its back.
All three former-Cardinal appeared in the United States Women’s National Team 3-0 victory over South Africa in Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. The international friendly featured the reigning Women’s World Cup champion U.S., who will be seeking their fourth title in June, and South Africa, who will be making their first World Cup appearance in France.
“With the first pick, in the first round of the 2019 NWSL college draft the Chicago Red Stars select Tierna Davidson from Stanford University.”
There was no storybook ending for Stanford women’s soccer (21-1-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) as Florida State (19-4-3, 5-4-1 ACC) chopped the Cardinal’s season one game short of competing for its second straight national title. Stanford could not overcome two first half goals from two Seminole defenders.