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Macario, Girma are semifinalsts for MAC Hermann Trophy

 

Stanford's Catarina Macario and Naomi Girma were named semifinalists Tuesday for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in college soccer.

Stanford is one of three programs with multiple semifinalists and it's the fourth consecutive season the Cardinal has had multiple semifinalists. Last season, Macario became Stanford's fifth winner of the award, joining Kelley O'Hara (2009), Christen Press (2010), Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola (2011) and Andi Sullivan (2017).


Catarina Macario/Stanford Athletics
Macario and Girma led Stanford to its unprecedented fifth straight outright Pac-12 championship this season. The Cardinal has won 16 straight with a 67-6 goal difference since its only loss of the season to Pepperdine on Sept. 13.

Macario, the two-time reigning ESPNW Player of the Year and Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, leads the NCAA in most offensive categories: goals (30), goals per game (1.36), assists (23), assists per game (1.05), points (83), points per game (3.77), game-winning goals (11) and shots per game (6.50).

Girma, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, has served as a team captain this season while playing nearly every minute at center back. Stanford has earned the shutout in 12 of its last 13 games and allowed just four goals in Pac-12 play.

No. 1 Stanford hosts No. 4 BYU on Friday at 3 p.m. in a bid to book its 10th trip to the Women's College Cup and ninth in the last 12 seasons.

— Staff report

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