Aug. 3, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma sophomore midfielder Dria Hampton was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) on Tuesday.
Hampton led Oklahoma Alliance F.C., with five goals scored, including the game winner that placed her team in the league’s semifinals. She was one of eight current Sooners (Michelle Alexander, Lauren Alkek, Bailey Boulware, Kelsey Devonshire, Caitlin Mooney and Amy Petrikin) that came up one game short of appearing in the WPSL Championship game. Hampton was also named to the all-tournament team.
Click here for a complete listing of the all-conference selections.
The WPSL is a national amateur league comprised of over 50 teams, the largest women’s soccer league in the world, and its rosters are filled with college, post-college, former professionals, foreign players and talented high school players aspiring to advance to the professional level of the sport.
“Dria was an extraordinary soccer player before she even came to OU and part of what makes her so special is her competitive drive. Her commitment over the past year to improve in areas that used to be outside her comfort zone has allowed for tremendous development. This award is evidence of that,” said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. “The WPSL is a competitive league and several of our players are benefitting from that playing experience.”
Hampton is a two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection was named the WPSL Player of the Week on June 22 after collecting seven points in wins over Tulsa & Houston.
She had the following to say about playing in the league on www.WPSL.info back in June.
“This is a big deal, it is very exciting and these teams are so good. You can never relax against this type of competition and it is a real honor and privilege to play against these older players that have so much experience. I just learn so much in watching them play and playing against them. It will make us all better players because of the things we will learn while playing in this league. The WPSL is a great accomplishment just to get a chance to play in it. It is a step before the professional league that is coming and you can bet many of the players in the WPSL will be on professional rosters sometime next year.”
In 2009, Hampton started all 19 games and led OU with four assists, the third most recorded by an OU freshman. She was second on the team in goals scored (3) and points (10).
The Sooners open the 2010 slate with an exhibition game against Northern Colorado on Friday, Aug. 13 at the OU Soccer Complex. Admission is free and the contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.