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Campfires and roasted marshmallows

02/09/2013, 4:26pm PST
By Terry Monahan

Q&A with Poway High soccer player Jamie McCandless

Jamie McCandless will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but doesn't play to play intercollegiate soccer.

Time is running out on Jamie McCandless’ soccer career.

The Poway High striker and fraternal twin sister Courtney have been playing the sport since they were 4, but as soon as this girls season concludes that will be it for McCandless.

When Jamie goes off to Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) this fall, she will become just a college student who has soccer in her background.

Her sister Kristy is already attending school there and Jamie hopes that Courtney will join them as well.

Q: Does San Luis Obispo realize what may be coming their way in the fall?

A: They should be extremely excited to have all three of us there together.

Q: Have you spent much time in San Luis Obispo?

A: Every summer the family would go camping there, or just outside San Luis Obispo. It’s the designated meeting spot for the family. We have family in Morro Bay that also comes down to meet us.

Q: What’s the best part about camping for you?

A: Sitting around the fire with my cousins. We’ll sing and roast marshmallows. That’s the best.

Q: What do your friends think about camping?

A: I know camping isn’t that popular with most people, but a lot of them say they’d like to come camping with us because I make it sound so fun. It’s more about just being with family.

Q: Was it a hard decision to give up soccer?

A: I wanted to have the normal college experience. I thought playing soccer would make it too stressful. I want to make some new friends outside of soccer. This will give me more time, although I’m planning to play maybe some intramural soccer or something like that because I’m worried about putting on that freshman 15 (pounds) eating just cafeteria food.

Q: Won’t you miss playing highly competitive soccer?

A: I’ll definitely miss soccer. I know it hasn’t set in yet. My friends say I’ll miss it. There aren’t that many games left until it will hit me.

Q: Was Kristy playing soccer before you and Courtney started?

A: We went to her games all the time. We couldn’t wait for halftime so we could go onto the field and kick the ball around. I couldn’t wait to get older to play at Poway. We have a lot of memories there together.

Q: Was soccer always your sport of choice?

A: Mom was a huge tennis player, so we had to try tennis, too. When my grandparents come down for a visit, we’ll go play with them but nothing on a regular basis. I also tried gymnastics, but I’m the least flexible person I know. I couldn’t do any of that gymnastics stuff anymore.

Q: What did you get out of soccer in your career?

A: It gave me confidence that I could be good at something. That was a start and that confidence is something you can take into your life off the field. I couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. Maybe a day here or a day there, but not all the time like some people do.

Q: Are you going to have to change without that competitive outlet you’ve gotten from soccer?

A: That will be tough. I can’t imagine getting less competitive and just playing for fun and not getting angry at teammates.

Q: Do you know what you and Courtney want to major in?

A: I want to get into child development and Courtney wants to do liberal studies. Kristy is a nutrition major, so maybe she can help me keep the weight off and stay in shape without soccer.

Jamie McCandless

School: Poway.

Sport: Girls soccer.

Born: 1995 in La Jolla.

Year: Senior.

Nickname: James.

Accomplishments: Honorable mention All-Palomar League in 2012.

Quick hits

Who would you put on speed dial: Alex Morgan, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., David Beckham, Barack Obama.

Favorite pizza: Barbecue chicken.

Sport you would never watch: Water polo.

If you could have a last meal: Ice cream.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for: Endless amount of money, family and friends stay safe forever, everyone gets what they want.

Favorite soccer team: U.S. women’s team.

Favorite field: Westview.

Favorite restaurant: Brigantine.

Best moment in athletic career: Scoring a goal against La Costa Canyon for a 1-1 tie last year.

Best play you ever made: Dribbled through three defenders and scored a goal against Cathedral Catholic.

What do you want to be when you grow up: Work with children.

Favorite class: Psychology.

Your ideal car or truck: BMW.

What TV show do you hate to miss: “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Favorite reality TV show: “The Bachelor.”

Favorite cartoon as a youngster: “Rugrats.”

Biggest pet peeve: People who walk slowly down the hall.

Biggest fear: Falling out of a car.

Superstitions: Twin sister Courtney and I shake hands before all Poway games.

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