UP CLOSE: Senior Claire Thomas

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Nickname(s): Clairebear, Claritin, Zelly

My favorite cold cereal: Honeycomb

How I will spend my off-season: Rehabing my knee, getting back into shape

The best player I've ever faced: Christine Sinclair and Natasha Kai, both strong and hard to mark

The dirtiest team I've ever played: Tie between Utah and Denver

My favorite website: byucougars.com, facebook.com

One place I would like to visit: New Zealand or Fiji

My least favorite trip during the season: Wyoming

My favorite scripture: D&C 6:36--Look unto God in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

If I could play another position, it would be: Center Midfield

My advice to youngsters: Learn how to make decisions and be responsible on your own. You will make a lot in your life.

Why I chose to play soccer over other sports: I felt indebted to the years I had put into it and the talents I had been given.

Who has had the greatest influence on my soccer career: My mother.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what is the one thing I would keep and why: My scriptures, or my shoes. I love shoes.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Driving my kids to soccer practice.

How I selected my jersey number: My number growing up was 5, but it was taken my freshman year, so I picked 25, which was my lacrosse number (52) backwards, and the day after my birthday.

My favorite activity or hobby away from soccer: Hiking, longboarding, I love to read.

The best book I've ever read: The Book of Mormon, or The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas.

Favorite movie: The Man Who Knew Too Little

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Byron Merrill, Pearl of Great Price

My most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Beating Villanova to go to the Elite Eight

What I would like to do sometime in my life: Learn how to fly a plane

23. One rule I'd change in college soccer: How you can sub to waste time in the second half

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I'd have to show you: The team chemistry on the women's soccer team, or hiking up the Provo canyon.

If I were on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the person I'd call for my lifeline is: My dad, he knows everything and reads everything.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, I would choose: My brother, Winston Churchill, and President Monson.

On game day my friends and relatives: Fly into town to attend my game and call me a million times to make sure they are on the guest list.

Best advice I've ever received: Dreaming is an attitude that you attack every individual moment with. Dream for now, don't dream for the future.

If I could play another sport, it would be: Tennis or Volleyball

Most embarrassing moment as a player: A certain funny picture where Annie and I are going for a header at the same time. The faces we are both making are quite interesting!

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