Dec. 13, 2011
The game was the final for seniors Michelle Alexander, Sage Coralli, Lisa Jett, Kelsey Kraft, Tori Rocke and Jordan White. OU will return 10 of the 11 starters for the 2012 season, including a trio of three-year starters in goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire and midfielders Dria Hampton and Katharine Nutman.
Once again in 2011, the Sooners faced a challenging non-conference schedule before play in the always competitive Big 12 began. Overall, the Sooners played eight games against six teams (three times against Oklahoma State) that were also in the 2010 postseason field of 64. In addition, OU played 12 games against teams with 10-plus wins a year ago. The tough competition did not go unnoticed as OU hosted its first nationally televised game on Oct. 16 vs. Missouri (ESPNU). OU appeared on national or local TV in five games this season, including three home games.
The Sooners scored 29 goals in 2011 with 11 different goal scorers, led by junior Caitlin Mooney (six goals, five assists) and sophomore Amy Petrikin (six goals, three game winners). For the third straight year, junior Dria Hampton led the team in assists with a career-best six. She is the only Sooner to accomplish that feat in three straight seasons.
12 Sooners Named to Academic All-Big 12 Team
Oklahoma had 12 players named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 teams on Nov. 1. The Sooners had the third most players honored in the Big 12, including 10 first team honorees. The 10 honorees marks the eighth straight season that OU has placed at least five student-athletes on the first team. The 10 members on the first team is the third most in program history behind the 11 in 2005 and the 12 in 2000. Michelle Alexander, Bailey Boulware, Sage Coralli, Dria Hampton, Lisa Jett, Kelsey Kraft, Caitlin Mooney, Katharine Nutman, Brianna Turang and Kathryn Watson were all named to the first team while Samantha Howell and Amy Petrikin were second team honorees. Alexander made her third appearance on the list while Hampton, Kraft and Nutman, who had a perfect 4.0 GPA, all made their second appearances.
Alexander and Watson Named Academic All-District
In addition to the conference accolades, Michelle Alexander and Kathryn Watson were named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII women's soccer second team on Nov. 4. OU has been represented on the academic all-district team in each of the last nine years and has multiple honorees in six of those seasons. Alexander was a three-time honoree, a program first.
Most Valuable Player - #4 Caitlin Mooney | Jr. | F | Edmond, Okla. (Maryland)
The preseason All-Big 12 pick finished the 2011 campaign as OU's leader in goals (six, tied with Amy Petrikin) and points (17). In 2010, she scored seven goals with three assists en route to being named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer team. Including Mooney, OU returns its three top scorers with Petrikin and Dria Hampton.
2011 Stats: 20 games played, 20 starts, six goals, five assists, 33 shots (19 on goal)
The Sooners found success in 2011 when posting the game's first goal. All seven of OU's wins came when posting the first goal of the game. Consequently, all but one of OU's 13 defeats came after allowing the game's first goal. In 2010, OU was 11-2-2 when scoring first (1-6-1 when not).
Six of OU's 20 games were decided by one goal in 2011, with the Sooners posting a 1-5 mark. In 2010, 17 of the 22 games were decided by one goal or less with a 10-4-3 record. Oklahoma was 2-4-2 in games played in 2009 decided by one goal or less and 3-5-1 in head coach Nicole Nelson's first year.
Quartet Leads the Offense
Caitlin Mooney and Amy Petrikin led the team with six goals while Michelle Alexander and Dria Hampton were second in 2011 with four goals apiece. OU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M were the only Big 12 teams in 2011 with at least four players with four goals or more. OU also accomplished that feat in 2010, 2003 and 2001. In 2005, OU set a program record with 37 goals as five different Sooners had at least four goals.
Mooney's Record Performance
Caitlin Mooney's six points and two assists on Sept. 2 versus Oral Roberts tied a pair of program records. Mooney contributed on each of the Sooners' four scores in the game and recorded her first two-goal game. 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. Palmer and Womack rank No. 1 and No. 2 in OU history in scoring, respectively. Mooney was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 6 for her efforts, her second career honor.
Petrikin's Move Pays Off
When sophomore Amy Petrikin moved back to the forward position against Arizona on Sept. 11, 2011, the Tulsa native found the back of the net twice in the Sooners' 4-2 win. She also scored in the next game against BYU, giving her four goals in four games dating back to her first career goal against Missouri State. She was recruited as a forward from Bishop Kelly H.S., but started the first three games of 2011 on defense. As a true freshman, Petrikin played in 17 games at a variety of positions, with two starts, but did not score a goal.
Kraft Ties OU Assist Record
For the 18th time in program history, and second time this season, a Sooner tied the program record for most assists in a game with two. Kelsey Kraft accomplished the feat on Sept. 11 against Arizona in Tempe. Caitlin Mooney also tied the record this season with two assists against Oral Roberts. She was the first Sooner to have two assists in a game since Dria Hampton did it in 2009. The only other Sooner on the roster to have two assists in a game is Michelle Alexander, also recorded in 2009.
The Sooners cracked the top 10 in attendance three times this season, including the largest crowd in program history (2,002) on Sept. 30 against Oklahoma State. The previous best was also recorded against OSU on Oct. 29, 2010 (1,946). Also in 2011, OU has seen the eighth-largest crowd at the OU Soccer Complex on Sept. 4 against ORU (1,054) and the ninth-largest against UAB in the season opener on Aug. 19 (1,026).
In 2009, goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire set an OU freshman record with six shutouts. She followed up that stellar debut with six more shutouts in 2010. She ranks third all-time at OU with 14 career shutouts after blanking BYU on Sept. 17 and Kansas on Oct. 28. She also ranks third all-time at OU with 280 saves (trails Jennifer Nichols with 303). Below is a look at the all-time leaders at OU in shutouts:
1. Catharine Wade (2001-04) 18
2. Jennifer Nichols (2004-07) 16
3. Kelsey Devonshire (2009-present) 14
Hampton's Helpers and Points
Junior Dria Hampton led OU in assists in each of her first two seasons and ranks second on the team in 2011 with four, matching her 2010 total. On Oct. 28 at Kansas, Hampton moved into a tie for second place all-time at OU with 15 career assists. In that game, she tied the program record for assists in a game with two, a feat she accomplished as a true freshman against Middle Tennessee. The assists against KU also moved her into eighth place all-time in career points. Below is a look at the all-time leaders at OU in assists and points:
1. Lauren MacIver (2002-2005) 18
2. Dria Hampton (2009-2011) 15
Jonette Coquat (1998-2001) 15
Krissy Dawson (1998-2002) 15
Shannon Wing (1999-2002) 15
1. Whitney Palmer (2007-10) 83
2. Logan Womack (2000-03) 75
3. Jonette Coquat (1998-2001) 67
4. Lauren MacIver (2002-2005) 54
5. Savannah Scott (2004-06) 53
6. Krissy Dawson (1998-2002) 45
7. Shannon Wing (1999-2002) 41
8. Dria Hampton (2009-2011) 39