Calhoun senior named Gatorade Player of the Year

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Calhoun Principal David Seinfeld described Cappuzzo as “level-headed.” “She’s always appropriate, pleasant, energetic,” he said. “She’s the type of person people are going to go to bat for –– not to mention that she’s a heck of a soccer player.”

Cappuzzo started playing soccer at age 4 in the East Meadow Soccer Club, where she remained until age 9. Her brother, Michael Jr., who is now a senior at SUNY Albany, got her into the game. At the time, he played for the Merrick Police Athletic League.

After East Meadow, Cappuzzo played for the HBC and Albertson clubs, joining Fury ’95 at age 12. She accounts much of her success to her parents, Michael and Maureen. “They’re the ones who gave me the confidence to believe that anything I set my mind to is possible,” Cappuzzo said.

Cappuzzo plans to major in physical therapy at Northeastern because, she said, she enjoys math and science and likes to help people. Before a career in physical therapy, she said, she hopes to turn pro and play in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Cappuzzo appears well on her way. She was recently invited to play with the U18 national team at the Ten Nations Tournament in Spain in March. And her Fury coach, Paul Riley, was recently named head coach of the Portland Thorns, home club of Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan, who is among the top forwards in the U.S.

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