Dec 9, 2019

Stanford wins women's soccer title

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After 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods went scoreless, Stanford beat North Carolina on penalty kicks (5-4) to win the D-I Women's Soccer National Championship yesterday, the program's second title in three years.

Highlight: Kiara Pickett tucked the ball into the lower left corner for the game-winning penalty kick. What a moment.

More college soccer:

  • D-I men: The final four is set. No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Wake Forest; No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 7 Stanford.
  • D-II women: The final four is set. No. 1 Grand Valley State (Mich.) vs. No. 4 Saint Rose (N.Y.); No. 2 Flagler (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Western Washington.
  • D-II men: The final four is set. No. 1 Cal State L.A. vs. No. 4 University of Indianapolis; No. 2 Charleston (W.Va.) vs. No. 3 Lynn (Fla.).
  • D-III women: Messiah (Pa.) beat William Smith (N.Y.), 1-0, to win its sixth national title, the most in D-III women's soccer history.
  • D-III men: Tufts (Mass.) beat Amherst (Mass.), 2-0, to win its second straight national title and third in four years.

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Yes, but: "There's something nostalgic and fun about sitting down around the holidays and binge-watching football games between obscure teams you wouldn't have watched otherwise," writes FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine.

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Women take the lead on donating to support female college sports

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Former female athletes are donating millions of dollars to build facilities, endow scholarships and support coaching positions at their alma maters, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Participation in women’s college sports teams is at an all time high, outnumbering men's sports for more than 20 years. And yet, the marketing and sponsorships from benefactors for college female teams has caught on slower than men's sports.

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Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

Megan Rapinoe in a match against Mexico on May 26. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Sports Illustrated on Monday named soccer star Megan Rapinoe as its 2019 Sportsperson of the Year for her part in the United States' World Cup win and for "being a vocal activist for equality."

The big picture: Rapinoe, now the fourth woman to win the award unaccompanied, became a household name after her breakout performance in the World Cup. She also gained significant media attention after President Trump criticized her for refusing to visit the White House if the U.S. won the tournament.

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