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Macario, Pickett earn Pac-12 weekly women's soccer honors

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Kiki Pickett was named Pac-12 Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Photo by Jim Shorin/

Stanford freshman Catarina Macario earned her second consecutive Pac-12 Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honor and freshman Kiki Pickett was named Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday.

Macario scored a goal and assisted on another in a 3-1 win at No. 5 USC on Sunday. She assisted Michelle Xiao's goal, which proved to be the game winner, before planting a 25-yard free kick in the top corner, helping to clinch Stanford's third straight Pac-12 title.

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Andi Sullivan made a driving run toward the Trojans penalty area, and was brought down 25 yards from goal near the center of the pitch. Macario stepped up and buried the free kick, her second such goal in four games after scoring a 35-yard free kick against Oregon.

Entering Friday's regular-season finale against visiting California at 7 p.m. Friday, Macario leads the Pac-12 in points (36) and assists (10) and ties for the league lead in goals (13). Nationally, Macario ranks third in points per game (2.00), second in assists, fourth in points, fifth in shots per game (5.33) and fourth shots on goal per game (2.72).

Pickett earned her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor after scoring her first career goal and starting both games last week. She helped Stanford allow just one goal at No. 6 UCLA and No. 5 USC, netting her first collegiate goal in Sunday's 3-1 win at USC.

Pickett has four assists and one goal, starting 17 of 18 games at right back. She has helped contribute to Stanford's league-leading defense, which has allowed the fewest goals (6) with a Pac-12-leading 14 shutouts.

The honors are Stanford's fifth Pac-12 Player of the Week awards in the past three weeks -- Macario claimed her first Offensive Player of the Week honor last week, and Lauren Rood and Tierna Davidson earned Goalkeeper of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week two weeks ago, respectively.

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