by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Soccer Star

athlete_mccarthy4To say that Caitlin McCarthy loves soccer would be a bit of an understatement. This Carlsbad High senior has played soccer for 13 years and has played on a competitive club team for eight years. “I enjoy the skill and physicality it takes to play this sport. I take great pride in how hard my teammates and I have worked to get to a certain level of play,” revealed Caitlin. While playing for Carlsbad High, Caitlin received many distinctions, including Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player, and All CIF 1st Team.

Caitlin will continue to play soccer after high school graduation. “I verbally committed to playing soccer for University of California San Diego in the latter half of my junior year,” stated Caitlin. According to Caitlin, representatives from the UC San Diego soccer team saw her play in a tournament in Las Vegas and shortly thereafter asked her to sign with them. Caitlin will be majoring in general biology, and in the future she hopes to go into forensic science. “I am very excited to be able to play soccer in college, and am extremely grateful to be doing it at such a great university while staying close to home,” related Caitlin.

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Name: Caitlin McCarthy
School: Carlsbad High School
Grade: Senior
Family: Parents – Noreen and Jim McCarthy; Sisters – Kiley, Madison
Favorite Local Spot: The Village 


Carlsbad has been Caitlin’s home for 13 years, and she loves the sense of community and watching sunsets on the nearby beaches. She has enjoyed her time at Carlsbad High, citing the teachers, her fellow students, and the school spirit as her favorite aspects of the school. Caitlin has earned straight As throughout her high school career and is proud to be a scholar athlete. She is also involved in the Interact Club on the campus. “This club helps students find community service opportunities locally and internationally. I am also a part of the Citizens Academy, which is an organization that works with the citizens of Carlsbad to learn more about the community and how it runs,” explained Caitlin.

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“I am very excited to be able to play soccer in college, and am extremely grateful to be doing it at such a great university while staying close to home.”

When she is not on the soccer field, at school, or helping out in the community, Caitlin can be found hanging out with her friends at the beach. “I also love to sing with my friends. I was even in a show choir my freshman year,” stated Caitlin. She loves spending time with her parents, her twin sister, Kiley, and her younger sister, Madison. “Kiley was recruited for the track team at the University of Oregon and will be headed there in the fall,” said Caitlin.

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