September 6, 2013

EXTRA TIME: Meet Freshman Midfielder Camila Villarino...

2013 Women's Soccer Camila Villarino As part of a weekly series, FullertonTitans.com will introduce you to some of the new faces on the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team in a little feature we like to call "Extra Time." This week, we introduce you to freshman midfielder/forward Camila Villarino from Anaheim Hills, Calif. (Canyon HS).

Villarino, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was a four-year letter winner for the Comanches, leading the team in assists as a junior and finishing with six goals and four assists as a senior. She is a three-time second-team All-Century League selection and was twice named a scholar-athlete, helping Canyon HS to the second round of the CIF Division I playoffs in 2012.

Soccer is in her blood as her cousin, Tawny Poggio, was a goalkeeper at UC Riverside from 2003-06, and another cousin, Randy Poggio, played two seasons at San Jose State before joining the squad at UCR for the 2005 season.

"SHORT SHOTS"

Q: One thing you can't live without...
A: Family

Q: One word to describe you...
A: Silly

Q: Favorite movie...
A: "Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Q: Favorite actress...
A: Anne Hathaway

Q: Favorite TV show...
A: "Friends" or "Charmed"

"EXPLAIN YOURSELF"

Q: I became a Titan because...
A: I thought that Cal State Fullerton was the best choice for me because I felt this would be the one school where I'd be able to not only grow as a soccer player or a student, but as a person. I think that the atmosphere and different cultures that are found on campus can help develop me into the person I have the potential to become.

Q: Cal State Fullerton soccer will be fun to watch this year because...
A: We all have a different spark and, the fact that we make it work within a single system, is definitely something to come out and watch!

Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: I don't really have a ritual, I just try to focus an visualize myself playing... oh, and put on sunscreen. You can't forget the sunscreen!

Q: The best advice I have ever received/the worst advice I have ever received is...
A: The best advice I have ever received, by far, is to "be yourself because everyone else is taken." The worst piece of advice? I try not to think about it, so I don't really remember any of them.

Q: The most memorable place I have ever played a soccer match...
A: Maybe the Polo Fields (San Diego, Calif.), since most of the time when I went up there it was during Surf Cup and there were horses close by the the veggie stand next to the exit. Lots of coaches at the entrance... there was a lot going on over at those field.

Q: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
A: I moved from Argentina to the United States when I was eight years old. I drove my great-aunt crazy during the flight... seriously? An eight-year-old on a 16-hour flight? That is not a good combination. When I arrived in the United States, it was my birthday and my family threw me a nice little party. I still remember it. 

Q: What has been the hardest, most surprising, thing about transitioning from high school to college...
A: A pleasant surprise, for me, was that people seem to be more open to different personalities and embrace them rather than try and change them.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up...
A: I think I wanted to be a nanny when I was really, really, little. If I remember right, it was because I wanted to boss around the little kids in my neighborhood and, if I was the nanny, I could do that!

Q: The team I would most like Coach Brown to add to the schedule...
A: North Carolina. I want to play them because they have won more NCAA championships than any other program so I'd like to test how we perform against them.

Q: If I could play a sport OTHER than soccer, it would be...
A: I can't really see myself playing another sport but, if I had to think about it, maybe gymnastics. They are so coordinated and strong, as well as graceful, in anything that they do... two of those three I lack most, if not all, of the time.

Q: In 10 years, I would like to be...
A: That's a long time from now. I don't know.

Q: If I were stranded on a desert island, and I could only bring one thing, it would be...
A: A Swiss Army knife? It would be my best tool for survival... it has a little bit of everything.

Q: I would like to switch places for one day with...
A: I would like to switch places with my dog, Maia. Maybe this way, I can understand why she is always stressing out and barking all the time.

Q: My favorite soccer moment was...
A: Getting a hat trick or a killer assist in overtime. If not that, then scoring in a game after being taken out because of an elbow to the face, leaving me with battle scars.

Q: If I could invite three famous people to dinner, I would choose...
A: Lionel Messi -- He's amazing and I'd love to meet him.

Q: If I could have a super hero power it would be...
A: It would have to be to fly. This way, I could fly to Argentina and visit my family whenever I wanted to without layovers or loads of luggage.