Teresa Noyola scored from point-blank range Sunday to help top-ranked Stanford beat No. 3 Duke 1-0 and give the Cardinal their first NCAA women’s soccer title after three consecutive attempts. It was the perfect finish to Stanford’s unbeaten season.
Stanford seniors Noyola, Camille Levin, Kristy Zuhmehlen and Lindsay Taylor finished their college careers with a record of 95-4-4. Their last three losses came in a 2008 national semifinal to Notre Dame, to North Carolina in the ’09 championship match and to Notre Dame in last year’s final.
Noyola scored in the 53rd minute after Levin won a ball at the goal line about eight yards right of the goal. She crossed to the far post, where Noyola headed it from one yard.
Duke (22-4-1) had several scoring opportunities after that, but Stanford keeper Emily Oliver stopped every attempt.
A well deserved victory for Stanford against a team that showed up to play and really never gave up. Duke has a great chance of a repeat trip to the College Cup next year.