Though she was born in tiny Spring Lake, New Jersey, Kaitlyn Parcell grew up in the Southern California sun. Now she has taken her talents to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she will spend her last year of college eligibility playing the sport she loves while pursuing her master’s degree. One of two graduate transfers on the Hoyas’ women’s soccer squad, Parcell is switching to defense after playing midfield as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, where she earned Magna Cum Laude and West Coast Conference All-Academic recognition. Raised in the El Medio Bluffs, Parcell starred in both cross country and track at Corpus Christi School and was a four-year starter on Pali High’s soccer team, setting school marks with 50+ career goals and 50+ assists. She was a three-time All-City pick, a two-time team captain and won the Palisadian-Post Cup Award in 2016 as the Dolphins’ outstanding senior female athlete. She played club for the South Bay Force from 2011-16 and Real So Cal from 2015-16. She made her collegiate debut with Santa Clara against LMU in 2017. Her younger brother Max also played soccer at Pali High and attends USC. She was recently asked the following questions during an insightful introductory interview on the Georgetown Athletics webpage:
Q: Why did you choose to continue your college career at Georgetown?
KP: I chose Georgetown because I loved it the second I stepped foot on campus. The team and coaching staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly, making me feel at home immediately.
Q: Who are some of your favorite athletes?
KP: Honestly, I have a lot of favorite athletes because I can’t choose just one. So a few of my favorites are Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, Kobe Bryant (hence the reason for No. 24), Russell Westbrook and Marta.
Q: If you did not play soccer, what would you do?
KP: I’d be a dancer. I love dancing! I dance all the time… around my house, at work, at practice, you name it. If there’s music playing, I will 100 percent be dancing. If there’s not music playing, I’ll probably be singing and dancing to my own singing.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of NCAA soccer?
KP: My favorite thing about NCAA soccer is the tournament. I love watching the selection show, getting to prepare with my teammates, grabbing as many computers and TV screens as possible and watching the first round, etc.
Q: When you are not on the field, where can one find you?
KP: When I’m not on the soccer field, you can probably find me at the beach hanging out with friends.
Q: What is one fact about you that would surprise people?
KP: In high school I was on a television show as a lacrosse player for one episode.
Q: What are you majoring in? What do you hope to be?
KP: I’m getting my master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. Someday I hope to be able to work for the New York Giants.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things could you not live without?
KP: If I were stranded the three things I’d bring with me are my Kindle, my paint supplies and a friend.
Q: What has been the hardest part about virtual learning?
KP: I’d say the hardest part is the lack of social interaction. I love getting to know my classmates and working in a positive and productive environment.
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