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Kihei girl, 13, gets big-time soccer experience
May 31, 2014 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of a cool story by Chris Sugidono about one of the young soccer standouts on the island who is getting an important taste of the big-time, starting Sunday:
KIHEI - Middle schooler Chai Cortez has not played a minute of high school soccer, let alone at a U.S. national team youth camp.
That will change next week, however, as the 13-year-old will travel to Portland, Ore., for "a taste of what it's like to play for a U.S. national team," a team official said.
Cortez, of Wailuku, was among 48 players selected to attend an eight-day camp with the under-14 girls national team that starts June 1.
"I'm pretty nervous," Cortez said. "The competition is really hard up there. I've been to a lot of camps in the Mainland so I got a taste of it, but I'm pretty scared."
Cortez, who recently completed her final year at Lokelani Intermediate School, plays for the Hawaii Surf soccer team and has participated in high-profile camps such as the Olympic Development Program.
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