"I'm very competitive and hate to lose with a passion because it doesn't make me feel good," said Kaylee, who has a 3.6 grade-point average. "It's a driving force. I feel good about myself after I've worked out, where I feel like I've done something productive that day."
El Modena had never won a league soccer title until Whitfield arrived and has now won two in a row. They have won 57 games the last three years. She was an all-league player each year. This past season, Whitfield was a first-team Southern Section Division II and Times all-county player. She was selected the school's 1994 athlete of the year by the Orange Rotary Club.
Certainly, Kaylee has been the most athletically decorated of the Shock Waves.
But footwork and instincts aren't all that set Whitfield apart from other players. Those who know her talk about her spirit, how she is so encouraging and empathetic and sensitive to others.
"I try to listen to everyone and not talk about myself a lot," Whitfield said. "I'm really interested in what people have to say."