TPHS alumna and Stanford soccer star, Catarina Macario (‘17), earned ESPN’s National Soccer Player of the Year due to her nation-leading “point total.”
Macario’s 16 assists and 17 goals (goals count as two points in the point total) place her point total of 50 at 4th on Stanford’s all-time list, behind Olympic gold medalists and FIFA World Cup champions, Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara.
Dominance in scoring and setting up her teammates on offense, helped Stanford reach a program record of 91 goals and a 23-1 regular season record. Macario also qualified as one of 15 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists, awarded to the top soccer player in the nation. Despite losing the award to her senior teammate, Andi Sullivan, Macario earned the Freshman of the Year honor from TopDrawerSoccer, along with a position on the first team of TopDrawerSoccer’s Best XI.
Following a goal in Stanford’s first game against Marquette University, the only game Macario didn’t start, she went on to record 9 points in her first three starting games. Macario earned back to back “Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week” honors for the weeks of October 24 and October 31, and was awarded “PAC-12 Freshman of the Year.” Macario carried her impressive freshman year performance into the NCAA tournament, totaling 12 points in the six tournament games with two assists in 3-2 National Title win over UCLA.
Since moving from São Paulo, Brazil to San Diego in early 2012, Macario has consistently dominated her competition. Her success at TPHS includes breaking the high school record for goals scored in a single season with 34 in 23 games, earning a spot on the All-CIF First Team, all while being member of the San Diego Surf Soccer Club from 2012-2017.
Early success in both CIF league play and Elite Clubs National League with San Diego Surf earned attention from many schools and a commitment to the University of California-Berkeley before her senior-year-decision to commit to Stanford. Her change proved successful as she joined Stanford’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class as the number three player in the nation.
Despite her top-tier talent, Macario is not eligible for the United States Women’s National team until 2020 due to U.S. citizenship requirements. However, Macario and the rest of the Stanford Cardinals are poised to bring another national title to Stanford.