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.
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.
No. 1 seed Stanford women’s soccer (21-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) punched their ticket to the College Cup in North Carolina with a 2-0 shutout of No. 2 Tennessee (16-3-3, 7-2-1 SEC) in the quarterfinals.
“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.
Only 32 women’s soccer teams are still playing after the NCAA tournament field was cut in half last weekend. No. 1 Stanford (18-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) and Mississippi (13-7-1, 6-3-1 SEC) are two of them, but after tonight’s game only one will continue their season.
Stanford opened its 2018 postseason run the same same way it closed its 2017 run: with a win. No. 1 ranked Cardinal (18-0-2, 10-0-1 Pac-12) defeated WAC champion Seattle Redhawks (10-7-3, 6-1-1 WAC) with an emphatic three goal shutout Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament.