Sept. 19, 2010
The win came two days after OU suffered its worst loss of the year, a 4-2 defeat at No. 25 USC. After each of the three losses in 2010, the Sooners (4-3-1) have rebounded in their next outing with a victory.
"We are proud of the resilience this team has shown in the first half of the season," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "Today was a complete effort. It was a very gritty effort from the collective group. They continue to get better."
UCSB dropped to 4-4-1 in the first meeting with Oklahoma. The Gauchos were participants in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and were coming off a 2-0 win over Weber State on Friday and a tie at then-No. 13 UCLA last Sunday.
"They were a very physical team," added Nelson. "It was a great soccer match between two good teams."
The first 45 minutes of action were scoreless and Mooney, an Oklahoma native and transfer from Maryland, helped OU break that trend at the 59:21 mark with an unassisted goal.
The second half score came after Mooney dribbled down the left side and upon entering the UCSB box, she converted a shot from 12 yards out. It was Mooney's second goal of the season and first since netting the game winner over Stephen F. Austin five games ago on Aug. 29. Mooney has tallied six goals in her collegiate career after she helped lead Terrapins to the NCAA's Sweet 16 a year ago.
"It was nice to see Caitlin get involved with the attack today," added Nelson. "Dria (Hampton) was also big today in creating scoring chances. She has been integral in our energy all year and it was huge to have her keep us going late on Friday. That energy carried over to today."
Hampton, who scored last in Friday's game at USC, had two of the Sooners' seven shots on Sunday.
Mooney, who led OU with three shots on Sunday (two on goal), was not the only Sooner to come up big in the victory as sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire responded with a shutout after allowing four goals two days earlier.
UCSB fired 11 shots and Devonshire made three saves for her third shutout of the season. She also blanked Tulsa and Rice earlier this season and ranks fourth all-time at OU with nine shutouts.
Sunday's game marked the last non-conference game for OU before Big 12 play begins next weekend. The Sooners will host the start of conference action against Texas Tech (Sept. 24) and Baylor (Sept. 26).