Sept. 2, 2011
Mooney tied two program records with six points and two assists as OU improved to 2-3 on the season and 11-2 all-time against the Golden Eagles (1-4-1). The junior from Edmond, Okla., was shut out during the Sooners' three losses to Tennessee, No. 6 Oklahoma State and SMU, but she came out firing on Friday with her second and third goals of the season.
"It's always great, but at the end of the day it's all about the team,"said Mooney about her impressive performance. "I wouldn't of had the game that I had without my teammates."
Only two other Sooners in program history have had six points in a game, but both were recorded on three-goal performances. Whitney Palmer had the hat trick against Tulsa on Aug 30, 2010 and Logan Womack also had a hat trick against Baylor on Sept. 27, 2002. Friday's game was reminiscent of Mooney's debut in a Sooner uniform during last year's exhibition game against Northern Colorado when she had three goals in the second half.
"I think she had an incredible night," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson on Mooney's performance Friday night. "The combinations we had, in the attack, from the start of the game were really good. I had all the confidence in the world that her streak of not scoring, won't last long, ever. She is one of the best finishers that I've ever been exposed to and just has a knack for the goal inside the 18 that is very unique."
The Sooners took a 1-0 lead on junior Dria Hampton's second goal of the season in the 14th minute as Mooney provided her first assist of the game. Mooney was on the receiving end just one minute and 30 seconds later as freshman Abby Hodgen set her up for the score and a 2-0 Sooner lead. Both goals mirrored the impressive passing display that OU showed in the season opener, a 5-0 win over Alabama at Birmingham.
After holding a 2-0 halftime lead over Oral Roberts, which included a season-high eight corner kicks in the first half, the OU offense went back to work in the final 45 minutes.
The Sooners finished with season-highs in shots (24) and corner kicks (11) and held a 4-0 lead before ORU was awarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute, which was converted by Maria Grados.
Before the Golden Eagles broke up the shutout, the Sooners built a 4-0 advantage as Mooney contributed on another pair of goals. She set up Michelle Alexander at the 51:54 mark and exactly 10 minutes later, Mooney found the back of the net for the second time on the night on Molly Richey's assist. All four of the Sooners' goals were scored from close range after crisp passing inside the ORU box.
During the last three games, the Sooners were limited to one goal and teams combined to lead OU in shots (38-29) and corner kicks (25-7). On Friday, the Sooners led the shot count, 24-7, and had an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks.
"It was big from a confidence standpoint," added Nelson on the team snapping the losing streak and breaking out of an offensive slump. "We needed to turn a corner and get back on track. I think we did a great job executing the goals we set out for ourselves. It was a great team win."
On Sunday, Sept. 4, OU looks to avenge a 2010 loss at Missouri State when the Bears arrive for a 7 p.m. game. The Sooners won the first three meetings with Missouri State prior to the 2010 defeat in Springfield. The Bears (2-2) lost 3-1 at Kansas on Friday night.