Kapolei High Soc­cer Stand­out Has Dreams Of Turn­ing Pro

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

When it comes to soc­cer, Makak­ilo’s Lyric De Leon is clearly in it for the long haul.

“I started early, and I don’t want to stop any time soon,” said De Leon, a stand­out on the Kapolei High boys soc­cer team as well as the West Oahubased Club Slam­mers. “I’ve al­ways loved soc­cer.

“Hope­fully, in 10 years, I see my­self play­ing pro soc­cer. It’s been my dream since I was a lit­tle kid. Be­ing able to take it to the next level would be awe­some.”

De Leon com­pleted his sec­ond year with Kapolei in Fe­bru­ary, earn­ing OIA Sec­ond Team All­Con­fer­ence hon­ors. He and the Slam­mers re­turn to ac­tion at 4 p.m. Fri­day against the Rig­gers at Wai­pio Penin­sula Soc­cer Sta­dium. He re­cently took some time to visit with Mid­Week’s West Oahu Is­lan­der.

What is your ear­li­est soc­cer-re­lated mem­ory? I was about 6 years old when I started play­ing in AYSO. I re­mem­ber scor­ing my first goal. It felt good to score. Soc­cer was pretty hard then. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t even pass the ball.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My mom ( Misti) and dad (Vic­tor). They keep me go­ing, even in soc­cer. They en­cour­age me to do well in school and to al­ways do my best (in ev­ery­thing).

What area of your game are you cur­rently fo­cus­ing on? Con­trol­ling the ball. And I’m try­ing to work on my pass­ing and not rush­ing the play.

What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned through soc­cer? No mat­ter what, I can al­ways get bet­ter than I am now. There’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? YouTube to look at videos, and I like In­sta­gram.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? I hate to do the dishes. I never want to do them.

What movie could you watch over and over? The Transformers se­ries. I’ve al­ways loved those movies.

Who are three of your fa­vorite mu­si­cal artists? Eminem, Drake, Big Sean and Justin Bieber.

When you have free time, how do you like to spend it? I like to hang out with my friends and go to the mall and shop at Hol­lis­ter.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have an end­less sup­ply of just one food. What would it be? Some kind of meat.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you most like to meet? LeBron James, He’s been my fa­vorite bas­ket­ball player since I was a kid.

Lyric De Leon

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