Dec. 25, 2013
The University of Cincinnati women's soccer program would like to send their warmest of wishes this holiday season. May you all have a blessed, healthy and happy 2014! Below each player and head coach Neil Stafford tell what is their favorite thing about the holiday season along with their favorite all-time present.
JAE ATKINSON//JUNIOR//MASON, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is all of the seasonal flavors of lattes and coffee, and I also enjoy baking gingerbread cookies. My favorite gift I've received is probably my MacBook or Kindle.
KATY COUPERUS//FRESHMAN//FT. COLLINS, COLO.
My favorite thing about the holiday season is going up to the mountains to snowboard and enjoy the outdoors. My favorite gift was a computer.
MEGAN CRAVENOR//JUNIOR//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is watching The Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life with my family. (HO, HO, HO! You'll shoot your eye out!!) My favorite present ever was when I received my first Mia Hamm jersey.
EMILY ELSBROCK//JUNIOR//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing to do is bake cookies with my cousins and grandma. I also really enjoy giving present and seeing everyone's reaction when they open them. My favorite gift was probably the pogo stick I received when I was about 12-years old, which I still have.
ALEXA FIEHRER//JUNIOR//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holidays is going to the drive thru holiday lights show with my family. My favorite gift received would be my Keurig cup coffee brewer. I wouldn't have made it this far in college without it!
MACKENZIE GRAUSE//JUNIOR//FT. THOMAS, KY.
My favorite thing about the holiday season is the anticipation that builds leading up to Christmas. Every town, mall and house is decorated with lights and wreathes. My favorite gifts that I have received are my nut crackers. Every year since I was born I have received a Steinbach Nutcracker with each differing from the previous one. They are all so elegantly decorated, and each one is very special to me.
HALEIGH HOFF//SOPHOMORE//WINFIELD, W. VA.
My favorite thing about the holiday season is spoiling my family and friends with gifts! I love seeing the look on their faces when they open their presents. My favorite gift received was my first iPod Nano. I was so excited to finally get it and upgrade from my old MP3 player.
CHRISTI HOWARD//JUNIOR//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is going up north to our cottage in Michigan. We celebrate Christmas by cutting down our own tree and going to church in a small town called Bellaire. Unlike Cincinnati, I can always count on having a white Christmas! The most memorable holiday gift I received was a giant, stuffed dog, which I named Bailey. It was pretty cool, but I guess Santa couldn't manage to get me the puppy I asked for..
KELLY LATIMER//SOPHOMORE//LAKE FOREST, CALIF.
My favorite thing to do over the holidays is picking out the Christmas tree and decorating it with the family. The best present that I have received at Christmas would have to be a trampoline, which my brother and I ended up breaking.
MADISON MELNICK//FRESHMAN//MASON, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is decorating the Christmas tree with my family. My favorite gift would be my car, which I received the Christmas before I turned 16.
TAYLOR NELSON//FRESHMAN//FT. COLLINS, COLO.
My favorite thing about the holiday season is getting ready for Christmas with all the shopping, decorating and baking. My favorite Christmas present would have to be the scooter I got when I was younger.
LAURA ROSE//SOPHMORE//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite things to do over the holidays are watch football and watch the skiers in the jumping competitions at Perfect North Slopes. My most loved Christmas present was my dog, Sable.
DANIELLE ROTHERAM//SOPHOMORE//TORONTO, ONTARIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is catching up with family and friends that I don't regularly get to see. My favorite present received is my MacBook Air.
KATE SCHMIDT//SENIOR//SYLVANIA, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is having my whole family together and doing the same traditions every year. I still shake all the presents under the tree to try and guess what I got. My favorite present was probably a karaoke set and guitar when I was younger. I didn't know how to play, but I always thought I would form some sweet band and be the lead singer...I'm still waiting to do this.
NATALIE SMITH//R-FRESHMAN//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing to do over the holiday is picking out a Christmas tree with my family. My favorite Christmas gift received was either my basketball hoop or my all access ski pass.
CALLIE TAYLOR//SOPHOMORE//LONG BEACH, CALIF.
My favorite holiday tradition is watching The Sound of Music every Christmas Eve with my family. My favorite Christmas present ever received is my German Sheppard, which I got when I was 12.
KAYLA UTLEY//FRESHMAN//CASTRO VALLEY, CALIF.
My favorite thing about the holiday season is on New Year's Day when my family goes into San Francisco and walks around the city all day. We walk to the pier and go to Bubba Gumps, which is my favorite restaurant. My favorite Christmas gift is sort of ongoing. Every year my neighbor gets my sister and I Christmas pajamas, and it is something we look forward to every year.
KRISTINA UTLEY//JUNIOR//CASTRO VALLEY, CALIF.
My favorite part about the holiday season is bringing out all of the holiday collectibles and decorations to place around the house. My favorite present of all time is a big Harry Potter Lego set because I insisted on opening and building it right away.
MOLLIE WILLIAMS//JUNIOR//CINCINNATI, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is being at home with my family and playing Settlers of Catan and Euchre. My favorite present that I ever received was my first pair of skis when I was in grade school.
BAILEY WILSON//FRESHMAN//DUBLIN, OHIO
My favorite thing about the holiday season is decorating cookies and cutting down our tree. My favorite present of all time is probably the entire DVD series of Friends.
HEAD COACH Neil Stafford
Traditions are a big part of the festivities in my family during the holiday season. A typical English Christmas dinner is prepared by my mom and dad. We watch the Queen's Speech every year, and another big thing is Boxing Day. My favorite Christmas present has to be getting engaged, but it's always difficult to beat a brand new Liverpool kit.