Catarina Macario is 12 years old.
Yet, she has been featured on multiple national news networks in Brazil and drawn the hype as the next “Marta.” According to the Brazilian reports, Macario started playing against boys at the age of four and was often the leading scorer while playing up a year or two.
Her game is a delicate combination of beautiful skill and ruthless finishing. Video highlights show her dancing around defenders like a ballerina before smashing the ball into the net as hard as humanly possible.
The budding Brazilian prospect, who is part of Cal South ODP, is now playing against girls after moving to the United States and joining San Diego Surf.
On Saturday, she made her ECNL debut in Surf U14’s 5-1 win over Strikers FC (Irvine, CA). Despite being a year younger than almost everyone else on the field, Macario had three goals and an assist in her first appearance.
Surf improved to 3-0-0 on the season with the result and sits in third place in the SoCal Conference Standings based on goal differential.
The top two teams in the conference, West Coast FC and So Cal Blues, also recorded wins over the weekend. WCFC cruised to a 5-1 win over Slammers FC. So Cal Blues used a goal from Ashley Sanchez to knock off Eagles Soccer Club 1-0 on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Bethesda SC enjoyed a six-point weekend with a 2-1 win over Richmond Strikers FC and a 8-0 thrashing of Virginia Rush Soccer Club. Jamie Fink had three goals and two assists in the win on Sunday.
In Northern California, De Anza Force beat rival MVLA 4-2 thanks to a hat trick from forward Kayla Fong. Fong leads the Force in scoring with four goals in two games.
Jennifer Wendling scored her second goal of the season in FC Wisconsin Eclipse’s 4-1 win over Sockers FC on Saturday. It was the first win of this young season for the Eclipse affiliate, which drew 4-4 with Sporting Blue Valley in the opening game.
In the Lone Star state, Madison Haley keeps scoring goals by the bucketful and the Dallas Texans improved to 5-0-0 on the year. Haley had both goals in the 2-1 win over Solar-Chelsea Soccer Club on Sunday. The talented striker now has six goals on the year.
U.S. U15 Girls National team midfielder Jordan Harr scored her sixth goal of the season for Sting in the draw. Jordan Langebarteis found the back of the net for the Oklahoma club.
So Cal Blues and West Coast FC remained at the top of the SoCal Conference after close wins for both teams over the weekend. The Blues used goals from Sydney Magnin and Marissa Everett to defeat Eagles Soccer Club 2-0 on Sunday. West Coast FC squeezed by Slammers 1-0 on Saturday.
U.S. U15 Girls National Team midfielder Marley Canales had two goals and one assist in San Diego Surf’s 6-0 win over Strikers FC on Saturday. Canales is up to eight points on the season now.
In Greer, South Carolina where Gwinnett Soccer Academy topped Carolina Elite Soccer Academy 6-0. Star forward Jennifer Westendorf surprisingly did not score after bagging 10 goals in her first four ECNL games this season, but she did record 2 assists in the comprehensive GSA win.
Dallas Sting crushed TSC Hurricane 6-0 behind a hat trick from Allison Ganter and a two-goal, two-assist performance from Rachael Holden. Ganter leads the team in scoring with five goals in the first four games. Holden, a verbal commit to North Texas, is second with three goals and two assists on the year.
In Northern California, Pleasanton Rage opened its season with a 3-0 win over San Juan Soccer Club on Saturday. Forward Pooja Patel scored twice in the victory for the Rage. Danica Egelston had the other goal on the day.
UNC Greensboro commit Katelyn Mountjoy scored twice in Dallas Texans 5-0 win over Solar-Chelsea Soccer Club on Sunday. Mountjoy has three goals and one assist on the season for the Texas club, which is 4-0-0 and atop the Texas Conference standings.
Elsewhere in the Dallas, Oklahoma State commit Kristen Killion scored for TSC Hurricane in a 1-1 draw against Dallas Sting on Saturday. Texas Tech commit Maddy Crabtree had the equalizer for the home side.