It was back-and-forth early, but Catarina Macario’s free kick goal in the 77th minute squashed the chances of upstart Santa Clara on Sunday evening. With the score locked at two, the junior midfielder floated a ball into the back of the net, and keeper Courtney Ogren could do nothing but watch.
No. 3 Women’s soccer (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12), the first team on Stanford’s 2019-20 athletic calendar, started the year on a high note with a 2-1 road win over No. 6 Penn State (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday. Both Stanford goals came courtesy of the dynamic boot of junior forward Catarina Macario.
The same excitement of this summer’s Women’s World Cup is present at Cagan Stadium for No. 3 Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal, however, are more accustomed to sitting at the top of the polls. Before the program-record 45-game win streak was snapped in the semifinals of the 2018 College Cup to eventual champion Florida State, Stanford had held the No. 1 spot since Oct. 10, 2017.
From the podium at the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft, two Stanford teammates had something very similar to say.
At the end of another long season of Stanford athletics, The Daily’s sports staff compiled a list of the top five Stanford athletes that displayed tremendous contributions to their teams/programs.
Stanford senior midflielder Andi Sullivan was awarded the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann trophy last Friday. She is the fourth Cardinal player to win the highest honor in college soccer.
Despite blowing a 2-0 lead in four minutes, top-seeded Stanford women’s soccer (24-1-0) eventually edged out No. 4 UCLA (19-3-3) 3-2 to win the program’s second-ever NCAA title, thanks to a game-winning goal by College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player junior Jaye Boissiere.
Junior Jordan DiBiasi found the back of the net twice on Friday as top-seeded Stanford women’s soccer (23-1-0) beat No. 5 South Carolina (19-3-1) 2-0 in Orlando, Florida. With this win, the Cardinal moves on to the College Cup Final where it will meet No. 3 Duke or No. 4 UCLA.