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Stanford women earn top Pac-12 Conference soccer honors

 

The Stanford women's soccer team took home plenty of hardware when the all-Pac-12 Conference honors were announced Wednesday. Catarina Macario earned the Forward of the Year award, Jordan Dibiasi was named Midfielder of the Year, Alana Cook was voted Defensive Player of the Year and Paul Ratcliffe was named Coach of the Year.

In addition, Tegan McGrady joined her three teammates on the first team all-conference. Menlo School grad Jaye Boissiere joined fellow Cardinal players Madison Haley, Alison Jahansouz, Kiki Pickett and Sophia Smith on the second team.


Catarina Macario/Stanford Athletics

Jordan DiBiasi/Stanford Athletics

Alana Cook/Stanford Athletics
Freshman defender Naomi Girma was named to the third team and joined Smith on the all-freshmen team.

Macario followed her rookie season with another equally impressive sophomore campaign. She led the undefeated and Pac-12 champion Cardinal with 12 goals, including five game winners, 29 points and 72 shots while adding five assists.

Macario ranks 22nd in the country in game-winning goals and 28th in total goals. She finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in goals, shots and game-winning goals.

Macario was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this season as well as the ESPNW Player of the Year Watch. While leading Stanford to last year's NCAA title, she claimed the Pac-12 Forward and Freshman of the Year and ESPNW Player of the Year awards.

DiBiasi captained Stanford to its fourth-straight Pac-12 title with nine goals, four in her last two games, a team-leading eight assists and 26 points in 19 games this season. Her stellar play in the midfield helped Stanford record its fourth undefeated regular season in program history, contributing to the second-best scoring offense in the country (2.68 goals per game).

She also led the conference in goals (51), shots (437) and shots on goal (180). DiBiasi earned second team All-Pac-12 honors last season.

Cook has been a model captain for the Cardinal for the past two seasons on and off the field. The senior was tabbed a Senior CLASS Award finalist and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List this year after a national championship season in 2017.

Cook led a backfield that has shutout 11 teams, and held opponents to just nine goals and 7.8 shots per game in an undefeated regular season. Stanford leads the conference and ranks fifth in goals-against average (.457).

Cook was named first team All-Pac-12 in 2017 and has twice been named to the second team during her career, as well as earning Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2015.

Ratcliffe was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the nionth time in 11 years. He led the defending NCAA champion Cardinal to its fourth straight Pac-12 title and 13th all-time.

His squad earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA women's soccer tournament for a third-straight year and are riding a 41-game unbeaten streak, the sixth-longest in NCAA Division I history.

Stanford opens the NCAA Tournament on Friday, hosting Seattle at 7 p.m.

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