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Hawaii's Next Olympian: soccer player Caprice Dydasco

Hawaii's Next Olympian: soccer player Caprice Dydasco

Michelle Nagamine Michelle Nagamine
Jose Dydasco Jose Dydasco
Kristin Masunaga Kristin Masunaga

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sixteen year old Caprice Dydasco is a junior at Kamehameha Schools. She's also plays with the US girls 17 and under national team.

"You know, she's a really good blend of coachability, work ethic, attitude. You know she's very humble yet a very fierce competitor," Kamehameha Coach, Michelle Nagamine said.

Anyone who knows soccer and knows Caprice will tell you how good she is. Perhaps the best indication of her skill comes from Kamehameha fans who oooh and aaah when the ball is at her feet.

"Just some of the moves as a coach and even as a player just kind of watching her ... it's kind of like wow ... I wish I could have done those things," Carprice's father, Jose Dydasco said.

Caprice started playing when she was five. At 7-years old, she played against 9-years olds. Her talent and love for the game was evident even then. Her game blossomed thanks to backyard bouts with her brother Zane, the high school player of the year a couple years ago.

"I guess that really helped me as a player. I always got frustrated, but now I think when I play against my own age I'm confident because if I can take my brother I can take someone my own age," Carpice said.

Injury and time with the national team limited Caprice to just eight games with Kamehameha this season. But she scored six goals -- three of them came against Iolani in the first of two games between the two schools. When they played the second time Iolani was intent on shutting her down.

"Our goal was to beat her to the ball. If she can't get the ball she can't really do anything. She has great first touch. Vision. She's very explosive. She can change speeds. Change directions. Very hard to defend her. That's why if you don't let her get the ball its a little easier," Iolani Head Soccer Coach, Kristin Masunaga said.

Caprice has accepted a scholarship to play at UCLA, one of the best programs in the country.

"And then after UCLA I hope to be on the full woman's national team. Play in a World Cup and Olympics," Caprice said.

The Olympics are a pipe dream for most of us, but for the girl with the golden feet they're a distinct possibility.

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