This Saturday two of the most competitive women’s soccer programs in the nation, third ranked Stanford will host tenth ranked Duke. Aside from both being ranked nationally in the Top 10, each team features a handful of players that competed in the 2023 USL W League season. Stanford has nine W League athletes, who competed across three different clubs - United PDX, Cal Storm and W League semifinalists San Fransisco Glens SC, while Duke boasts 13 players who competed across four different clubs – Christos FC, Palm City Americanas, SF Glens and the 2023 W League Finalists NC Courage U23.
Stanford standout and U.S. Youth National Team regular Elise Evans played a large role in the Glens’ extremely successful first W League season. Evans will face her Glens teammate Elle Piper who is a staple in Duke’s defense. Evans and Piper combined for one of the most lethal backlines in the W League this season. Stanford players recorded 2,003 minutes in the W League this season.
On the opposite coast, six NC Courage U23 athletes had an exciting summer as they competed side by side with USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly, and traveled to Indy to compete in the 2023 USL W League Final where they came up just short in extra time. Caroline Duffy was a mainstay in goal for Christos FC this season, playing nearly every minute, and Duke teammates and co-captains Maggie Graham and Katie Groff made huge impacts on the field for the Courage. Duke players recorded 5,728 minutes in the W League this season.
Follow Stanford Women’s Soccer and Duke Women’s Soccer social media channels this Saturday at 10pm ET to see which W League players will win bragging rights.
Stanford W League athletes: Elise Evans - SF Glens SC, Jasmine Aikey - SF Glens SC, Mia Bhuta - SF Glens, Andrea Kitahata - SF Glens SC, Maya Doms - Cal Storm, Mia Watanabe - SF Glens SC, Katie Duong - United PDX, Kellie Pagador - Cal Storm, Erica Grilione - Cal Storm.
Duke W League athletes: Katie Groff - NC Courage U23, Olivia Migli - NC Courage U23, Phoebe Goldthwaite - NC Courage U23, Caroline Duffy - Christos FC, Taylor Evans - Christos FC, Leah Freeman - NC Courage U23, Kiera Clemens - NC Courage U23, Bianca Dominguez - SF Glens SC, Elle Piper - SF Glens SC, Kat Rader - Palm City Americanas, Carina Lageyre - SF Glens SC, Julia Saunicheva - SF Glens SC, Maggie Graham - NC Courage U23.