On Tuesday, Stanford women’s soccer (18-1, 11-0 Pac-12) learned its fate for the 2019 NCAA tournament. The Cardinal did not need to wait long.
No. 2 Stanford (18-1, 11-0 Pac-12) controlled possession, dictated the run of play and poured on four goals to close out the regular season with a 4-0 win over Cal (13-4-2, 5-3-3 Pac-12) and a perfect conference record. With goal contributions from two seniors, Stanford’s class of ’20 can now claim an 8️1-5️-2️ record, including 4️5️-1️-2️ in Cagan Stadium and 4️2-1️-2️ in Pac-12 play.
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.
Sitting in Stanford Hospital in November 2017, Michelle Xiao and Jordan Dibiasi made a pact. If Dibiasi scored in the College Cup, she would dedicate the goal to Xiao.
As the defending national champions, Stanford women’s soccer (21-0-2, 10-0-1) takes its title defense to North Carolina to face Florida State (18-4-3, 5-4-1 ACC) in the semifinals of the College Cup. The No. 1 seed Cardinal will put their 45-game unbeaten streak on the line in WakeMed Soccer Park against the fellow No. 1 seed Seminoles.
“Jordan always comes through clutch.”
No, not Michael. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe was referring to Pac-12 midfielder of the year, senior Jordan DiBiasi. Her header was all Stanford (20-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) needed to take down the Badgers (14-4-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) in the third round of the College Cup.
After a successful regular season, No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer (17-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) begins postseason play tonight against Seattle (10-7-3, 6-1-1 WAC).
Senior midfielder Sam Werner’s sudden-death goal in overtime earned Stanford men’s soccer (19-2-2) its third consecutive NCAA title after defeating Indiana (18-1-6) 1-0 on Sunday morning in Philadelphia. The victory put Stanford atop the all-time national championships list with 115 to UCLA’s 114.