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Jemma Cota (left) and Paige Jacobs (right) earned All-Big 12 Newcomer Team honors for the 2013 season.
Two Sooners Earn All-Big 12 Awards
November 04, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. – Two members of the Oklahoma soccer team nabbed spots on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team this week. Freshmen Jemma Cota and Paige Jacobs were selected to the 12-member award list by league head coaches.

“I’m delighted that Paige and Jemma’s hard work and performances have been recognized around the conference,” head coach Matt Potter said. “Both have been integral parts of our season, earning starting positions and impacting games with their obvious talent. I’m sure they will be quick to acknowledge the contribution of their teammates as they accept the accolade.”

A selection to the newcomer team as a midfielder, Cota posted 17 starts in 18 total appearances as a true freshman for the Sooners. The Gilbert, Ariz., native earned her first career assist at Oklahoma on the road against BYU on Sept. 19 and had 11 shots (six on goal) throughout the season. She has been called up twice to try out for the Mexico National Team and aided her high school team to three conference playoff appearances.

Jacobs earned 17 starts and appeared in all 18 of Oklahoma’s matches this season. Selected to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team as a utility player, Jacobs posted 15 shots and took the field for over 1,300 minutes in her first season with the Sooners. A Texas high school standout hailing from Coppell, Jacobs was a three-time first team All-District pick and signed with OU as the No. 28 player in the state of Texas.

“These recognitions also speak to the ambition and direction of our program with multiple award recipients,” Potter added. “I’m excited for Paige and Jemma, as well as the team, as we move forward.”

 OU is one of four conference squads will multiple selections to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team. The Sooners are set to return nine of 11 starters to the pitch for the 2014 campaign and will bring back 23 of 26 players overall.

All-BIG 12 CONFERENCE SOCCER AWARDS
(Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players or themselves)

Coach of the Year: Nikki Izzo-Brown, West Virginia
Offensive Player of the Year: Frances Silva*, West Virginia, Sr. Overland Park, Kan.
Defensive Player of the Year: Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, Fr. Brampton, Ontario
Newcomer of the Year: Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, Fr. Brampton, Ontario

All-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM

Pos.

Name

Team

Year

Hometown

GK

Victoria Esson

Texas Tech

Sr.

Christchurch, New Zealand

D

Bobbi Clemmer

TCU

So.

Decatur, Texas

D

Jaelene Hinkle

Texas Tech

Jr.

Denver, Colo.

D

Kadeisha Buchanan

West Virginia

Sr.

Brampton, Ontario

MF

Liana Salazar

Kansas

So.

Bogota, Columbia

MF

Sharis Lachappelle

Texas

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas

MF

Ashley Lawrence

West Virginia

Fr.

Toronto, Ontario

F

Janine Beckie

Texas Tech

So.

Highlands Ranch, Colo.

F

Kate Schwindel

West Virginia

Jr.

Livingston, N.J.

F

Frances Silva

West Virginia

Sr.

Overland Park, Kan.

U

Bri Campos

Baylor

So.

Centennial, Colo.

ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM

Pos.

Name

Team

Year

Hometown

GK

Abby Smith

Texas

So.

Plano, Texas

D

Natalie Calhoun

Oklahoma State

Fr.

Sachse, Texas

D

Brooke Gilbert

Texas

Jr.

Snohomish, Wash.

D

Haley Haagsma

Texas Tech

Sr.

Cerritos, Calif.

MF

Allie Stephenson

Oklahoma State

So.

Lee's Summit, Mo.

MF

Paige Strahan

Texas Tech

Jr.

Odessa, Texas

MF

Amanda Hill

West Virginia

So.

Washington, Pa.

Caroline Kastor

Kansas

Sr.

Wichita, Kan. 

Courtney Dike

Oklahoma State

Fr. 

Edmond, Okla.

Michelle Prokof

TCU

Fr.

Gurnee, Ill.

Emily Goldstein

Iowa State

Sr.

Orange County, Calif.

BIG 12 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

Pos.

Name

Team

Year

Hometown

GK

Michela Ongaro

Oklahoma State

Fr.

Hartland, Wis.

D

Aurelie Gagnet

Kansas

Fr.

Montpellier, France

D

Carly Black

West Virginia

Fr.

Horsham, Pa.

D

Kadeisha Buchanan

West Virginia

Fr.

Brampton, Ontario

MF

Jemma Cota

Oklahoma

Fr.

Gilbert, Ariz.

MF

Maddy Crabtree

Texas Tech

Fr.

Greenville, Texas

MF

Ashley Lawrence

West Virginia

Fr.

Toronto, Ontario

F

Courtney Dike

Oklahoma State

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

F

Krissi Killion

Oklahoma State

Fr.

Broken Arrow, Okla.

F

Michelle Prokof

TCU

Fr.

Gurnee, Ill.

U

Paige Jacobs

Oklahoma

 Fr.

 Coppell, Texas

U

Kansas Bayly

Texas Tech

Sr.

Lilburn, Ga.


(Ties in utility player voting created a 12 member All-Big 12 Newcomer Team)
* - Unanimous selection

 

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