Bado, Douidar named Hillsborough's top soccer players
APOLLO BEACH -
Plant's Caroline Bado said she had no idea what was about to happen, and Tampa Prep's Shaddy Douidar had a hint of an idea, but he wasn't certain.
Minutes after they were handed the 2013 Jose Alvarez awards for the county's top girls and boys soccer players on Thursday evening, they both were a bit stunned.
“There are so many good players in this county that it would be difficult to say who is the best,” said Douidar, who helped lead Tampa Prep to its second straight state title and earlier this year was named the Florida Dairy Farmers state player of the year. “I'm obviously very grateful to win the award and I'm very honored.”
For Bado, a midfielder who led Plant to a 17-2-1 record, the evening was a relative mystery meeting with a soccer consultant set up by her parents.
“I honestly never thought about something like this,” said Bado, who has signed with the University of Central Florida. “I'm very honored.”
One of the happiest people at the home of Jose Alvarez, where the awards were presented, was Plant coach Pamela Smith, who appreciated Bado because she was such a team player.
“(Bado) didn't score a lot of goals (five), but she was the team's leader (as a midfielder) and she played defense and she would just do anything I asked of her,” Smith said. “She is a great leader. She was tough.”
Bado said she will miss her high school days when she played golf, soccer and ran track, but she is looking forward to focusing just on soccer moving forward.
Douidar, meantime, broke out this season as a center midfielder, leading his team with 31 goals, and he is headed to Indiana University, where he plans to focus on business.