Soccer Announces Season Awards

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 12, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma soccer team announced its season award winners for the 2013 campaign this week. The OU coaching staff and team members combined to vote on honors for Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Most Inspirational Player of the Year. 

The Sooners' 2014 award winners were as follows:
Player of the Year: Zoe Dickson
Defensive Player of the Year: Kathryn Watson and Kassadie Stade (tie)
Offensive Player of the Year: Daisy Cardona
Newcomer of the Year: Kassadie Stade
Most Inspirational Player of the Year: Kathryn Watson

Player of the Year: Zoe Dickson

Dickson's value to a young 2013 Sooner squad cannot be overstated. The outgoing senior was one of three Sooners to start every match throughout the season, finishing with 78 total starts over four years of play. She finished the fall with eight shots, one goal, one assist and three total points. Her goal this fall came in a crucial contest against Oklahoma State in Bedlam on Oct. 4, where Dickson's effort kept OU's hopes alive in a narrow 2-1 heartbreaker loss to the Cowgirls. She also posted an assist in a victory over Texas State on Sept. 1

More crucial than her stat line, however, was Dickson's leadership. The senior served as one of two team captains in 2013 and was a force to be reckoned with as a midfielder for OU. She served as a strong example to the Sooners' large group of underclassmen and will certainly be missed next season. 


Defensive Player of the Year/Most Inspirational: Kathryn Watson

Watson started all 13 matches she appeared in as a senior, anchoring OU's defenders with her fiery play. She took two shots throughout the season while helping to back up redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kassadie Stade from a defensive standpoint. Watson was also a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.

Perhaps even more impressive was Watson's comeback from a knee injury suffered against Oklahoma State on Aug. 30. She sat out a total of five matches throughout the month of September in recovery, but battled back to rejoin the Oklahoma lineup full-time for conference play beginning Sept. 27 against Baylor. Watson was a key factor in limiting OU opponents, particularly in extremely narrow losses against top 25 foes such as No. 12 Baylor, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 9 West Virginia.


Offensive Player of the Year: Daisy Cardona

Cardona arrived at Oklahoma as one of the most decorated junior college recruits in the country, and the junior quickly lived up to her billing. She started eight matches while appearing in all 18 contests for OU, posting a team-high six goals on just 17 total shots throughout the fall. Her 12 points were a season-high for OU, and her one game-winning goal tied to lead the squad.

Cardona posted goals in contests against Texas State, Oral Roberts, BYU, Utah, West Virginia and Kansas. Her goal against Oral Roberts was a game-winner, and she also posted a goal against Utah to give the Sooners a 1-1 double-overtime tie against the Utes. Her goal against No. 9 WVU was key in an eventual 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Big 12 champion Mountaineers. 


Defensive Player of the Year/Newcomer of the Year: Kassadie Stade

A redshirt freshman goalkeeper for the Sooners, Stade's composure and athleticism in the goal was unflagging for Oklahoma this fall. She made 15 starts in 16 total appearances at goalkeeper, logging a total of 1,425 minutes in the goal. Stade finished her first year as a starter with 67 saves and a goals-against average of 1.83 while earning a trio of shutouts against Texas State (4-0), Oral Roberts (1-0) and TCU (1-0). 

Stade had a talent for stepping up for the Sooners when they needed it most, posting a career-high seven saves three times in 2013 against No. 2 Florida State, Oklahoma State and No. 9 West Virginia. Her improvement and confidence increased exponentially during the season and she posted at least five saves in seven of her last nine matches. 




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