I sat down with Trinity University Womenâ€™s Soccer captain Meredith Licata for a nice conversation about the life, career and personality of the senior forward from Buffalo, New York.
Favorite soccer team: â€œLiverpool.â€
Favorite soccer player: â€œAbby Wambach. Sheâ€™s from upstate New York as well. Sheâ€™s an inspiration â€¦ sheâ€™s a badass.â€
Favorite soccer memory: â€œMy sophomore year. We were playing a top 10 team, UT Tyler and it was back and forth all game and we went to penalty kicks. I didnâ€™t play all game, which was fine, but I just really felt pretty confident that I could contribute with the PKs so I raised my hand when they asked for people to shoot and it ended up being that, if I made my kick, we would advance to the next round. I honestly donâ€™t even remember what was going on in my head, but I was like, â€˜I have to make this.â€™ I ended up making the kick and the fans stormed and I was just really happy that I could do that for the team and havenâ€™t had a personal experience like that in soccer before so it was pretty special.â€
And then you get that clip played over and over
â€œYeah that clip was pretty â€¦ My celebrationâ€™s a little bit unorthodox.â€
A little Mario jump?
â€œA little bit of a Mario jump, yeah, but Iâ€™m just glad I was able to contribute to that.â€
Youâ€™re the captain of the soccer team this year, but if you had to be any other type of captain what would you be?
â€œCaptain of a ship.â€
Where would your ship sail?
Where is somewhere you want to travel?
â€œSouth America. Iâ€™ve never been there at all.â€
Whereâ€™s the coolest place that you have been?
â€œI was in Shanghai this past summer.â€
If you could trade places with someone for a day and you get all their talent and their life for one day, which faculty member would you switch with?
â€œDr. Field. He was with us in Shanghai. He is probably one of the wisest, most knowledgeable people I have ever met and I feel like he lives his life in an amazing way.â€
If you could trade places with one student, who would you switch lives with for a day?
â€œI donâ€™t know.â€
What have you always wanted to be good at?
â€œSinging. Iâ€™m terrible at singing.â€
So youâ€™d want to be a choir person?
â€œYeah. I donâ€™t know anybody in the choir personally â€¦ Maybe I would trade with Joel Holmes.â€
If you didnâ€™t play soccer, what sport would you play?
â€œVolleyball. Volleyballâ€™s a lot of fun. Iâ€™m pretty short for it, but probably volleyball.â€
Beach or mountains?
â€œI like both. I have to say mountains.â€
Favorite sport to watch that isnâ€™t soccer?
Favorite spot on campus?
â€œItâ€™s probably cliche, but the soccer field.â€
What advice would you give to younger students?
â€œTreat every year like itâ€™s either your freshmen or senior year â€˜cause senior year you have a lot of lasts and youâ€™re just like, â€˜I gotta do this, last time for it, last time for itâ€™ and freshman year youâ€™re really excited to go out and meet people and just experience a new city, a new school, new people so if you can try to treat every year like that â€˜cause itâ€™s a really short four years.â€
What do you think of Texas?
â€œI love Texas. I love the heat. Well, I prefer the heat to the eight month winter we have back home. I love being outside. The people are great.â€
What most surprised you about Texas?
â€œThe extent of southern hospitality. When I was a freshmen I didnâ€™t really know many people, but probably like seven different people were like, â€˜oh absolutely. Come have Thanksgiving with my familyâ€™ and genuine people, this was a genuine offer and I was like, â€˜are you serious? We barely know each otherâ€™ but they were just totally opening up their homes and Thanksgiving to me.
Ok, so Iâ€™m gonna go through the womenâ€™s soccer roster and youâ€™re gonna give me one word to describe each senior. Kalli Douma.
Right there? Is that her?
Yeah thatâ€™s her.
We were just talking about you.
Weâ€™re talking about you
HESTER: weâ€™re going through a list. She has to say one word about each of the seniors.
DOUMA: What was mine?
LICATA: I havenâ€™t said it yet.
HESTER: She was like â€œKalli is..â€ and I was like â€œright there.â€
LICATA: Um…you wanna hear your word?
LICATA: I wanna say contagious energy, but thatâ€™s two words.
HESTER: Thatâ€™s fine.
DOUMA: That is just…too sweet, unless that means contagious bad energy and thenâ€¦
LICATA: Itâ€™s not what it means.
DOUMA: Iâ€™ll work on it.
LICATA: Itâ€™s not what it means!
HESTER: Ok, one word for each person, Jordan Bethea
HESTER:Â Hannah Booher
HESTER:Â Julia Camp
HESTER:Â Colleen Markey
HESTER:Â Tierney Thomison
HESTER:Â Abby Tisdale
HESTER:Â Julia Kell