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Sullivan one of Stanford players on preseason Best XI Team list

 

Senior midfielder Andi Sullivan leads a trio of Stanford women's soccer players recognized on TopDrawerSoccer's Preseason Best XI team, it was announced Monday.

Sullivan was named to the first team, while sophomore midfielder Tierna Davidson, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, was placed on the second team. and forward Catarina Macariowas named to the freshman team.

Sullivan, a senior from Lorton, Virginia, was a Hermann Trophy finalist in 2016 after being a semifinalist in 2015.

In 2016, Sullivan set career marks in goals (11), assists (7) and points (29) en route to Pac-12 Player of the Year honors.

She is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region selection with two first-team All-America honors to her name. Sullivan is also a two-time TopDrawerSoccer Postseason Best XI first-teamer, and was the organization's National Freshman of the Year in 2014.

Davidson was one of five Cardinal players to start all 21 matches in 2016, primarily featuring at the base of Stanford's midfield.

The sophomore earned a place on the All-Pac-12 second team, Pac-12 All-Freshman team and TopDrawerSoccer's Freshman Best XI first team.

She notched two goals and two assists while playing the most minutes (1,908) of any non-defender, and was one of six underclassmen to make this year's Hermann Trophy watch list.

Macario, who hails from San Diego, was a highly sought-after recruit throughout high school. The all-time ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) top scorer with 165 career goals, Macario was a three-time United Coaches All-American (2014-16).

Macario unofficially opened her account at Stanford with a first-half strike in the Cardinal's 2-1 exhibition win at UC Davis last week.

The trio is expected to play a major role this season, which kicks off on Friday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, against Marquette.

The Cardinal then faces Wisconsin on Sunday before travelling to Gainesville, Florida, on Aug. 25 to face No. 7 Florida.

Stanford opens its home schedule, which includes 10 matches, on Sept. 1 when it hosts No. 4 Georgetown.

Pac-12 play begins Sept. 21 when Stanford travels to Pullman, Washington, to face Washington State. The Cardinal will feature in 11 Pac-12 Networks broadcasts in 2017.

— Stanford Athletics

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