Jan. 19, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma soccer Head Coach Nicole Nelson welcomed Caitlin Mooney to campus today for the first day of spring classes.
Mooney, the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2009 and The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, transfers from the University of Maryland where she helped lead the Terrapins to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 last season. She has three years of eligibility remaining and will begin playing for the Sooners in the fall.
Prior to her stint at Maryland, Mooney attended Edmond Santa Fe and was a part of the U-17 U.S. women’s national team and U-18 national player pool. Mooney was ranked the 37th best recruit in the nation, according to ESPN RISE and was a 2008 ESPN RISE first team All-American. In 2007, she was tabbed an NSCAA/adidas Girls Youth All-American.
“It was a soccer and family decision to transfer,” Mooney was quoted in The Oklahoman last month. “I just decided to come back and play where friends and family can watch and be part of everything.”
Mooney will have a familiar teammate for the 2010 season as she joins Piedmont’s Dria Hampton, who was ranked in the top 25 of two recruiting publications in 2008. Mooney and Hampton played club soccer together and spent time together training with the U.S. national team.
In 2009, Mooney appeared in 21 of Maryland’s 22 games, with three starts, and was tied for fourth on the squad with four goals. Mooney scored in her first collegiate game versus Army and netted a goal against Monmouth in first round of NCAA Tournament. Mooney also tallied scores against Seton Hall and Loyola and recorded her first career assist versus then-No. 7 Boston College.
“We are very excited to add a player of Caitlin’s caliber to our program,” said Nelson. “Caitlin is a perfect complement to a very good group of attacking players we currently have at OU. She has demonstrated that she has the ability to change games and she has familiarity with our style. Since she grew up in the state of Oklahoma, I know she will represent the Sooner Nation with a tremendous amount of pride.”