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Young Brazilian leads San Diego Surf
October 18th, 2012 2:18AM

TAGS:  youth girls


[ECNL SPOTLIGHT] Catarina Macario, whose family moved to California from Brazil to give her a better opportunity to excel at soccer, has scored 10 goals and notched two assists for the San Diego Surf in four Elite Club National League games this season.

“We know that women’s soccer has no value in Brazil. Because of this lack of respect and encouragement, we decided to move here,” said her father, Jose Macario.

Macario was called into a U-14 girls national team camp in August by Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer's Director of Women’s Development.

Last weekend, she scored a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Slammers FC. …

… In other ECNL action, Katie MacGinnitie scored three goals and had an assist for U-15 Concorde Fire in wins over Orlando City YS and VSI West FL Flames. …

... MVLA remains perfect in U-16 play after a 3-2 win over Northern California rival Pleasanton Rage. …

… In a U-17 win over FC Virginia, the Richmond Strikers’ Elizabeth Ball, who is headed to Penn State, scored her third goal of the season. …

… U-18 Carolina Elite Soccer Academy beat Charlotte Soccer Academy and Atlanta Fire. Meaghan Carrigan scored a hat trick in the 6-0 win over Charlotte and Chelsea Drennan struck thrice in a 4-0 victory over the Fire.

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