Youth Soccer Star Cat Macario Wins Because of her Dynamic Effort
Stanford junior midfielder Catarina Macario and Clemson junior forward Robbie Robinson were presented as the winners of the 2019 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, on Friday at the MAC’s annual banquet.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, a 10-pound crystal soccer ball awarded annually since 1967, honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer based on voting conducted by NCAA Division I coaches.
Stanford University midfielder Catarina Macario was presented with her second consecutive Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy on Friday at the organization’s annual banquet.
Macario becomes the fifth women’s player to repeat as winner of the award, the sixth two-time women’s winner overall and the first repeat winner since Morgan Brian in 2013 and 2014.
At the 2019 United Women’s Soccer (UWS), Championship MVP Macario helped lead LA Galaxy OC to the league title.
An exceptional player, Macario joined her UWS team late in the season with the encouragement of Tim Woodcock and the LA Galaxy OC Women’s head coach Scott Juniper, the all-time winningest coach in UC Irvine women’s soccer history.
A member of the United States U23 national team, Macario was born in Brazil. 2018 ESPNW Player of the Year, Macario has the skill and focus to compete at the highest level.
Macario followed up her Hermann Trophy-winning campaign of 2018 with an even better 2019. The Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year led the nation and set Stanford records in goals (32), assists (23) and points (87). The three-time All-American led Stanford to its third national championship.
Called “Cat” by everyone, this young woman is a player to watch and has been a showstopper ever since coming to San Diego and playing for San Diego Surf Soccer Club where then youth soccer coach Chris Lemay was one of the very first to recognize her special talents. Lemay, who is now the head coach at NCAA’s Division 1 Utah Valley University (UVU) called her the “best young female player in the country,” in 2014.
This sentiment has been echoed by others who have watched her in action.
“In my opinion, she is the best young female player in the country,” agreed Ryan Carruth. “What really separates her are her awareness, speed of thought and decision making. She is operating on another level than those around her.”
“Without a doubt, she is the player that everyone wants on their team,” said Paul Dolinsky. “The best thing about Caterina is her commitment to constantly improving. She is as proud of her assists as she is of her own goals.”
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