One of the best high school soccer players ever produced in Oklahoma is coming back to the state. Caitlin Mooney, The Oklahoman’s All-City Girls Soccer Offensive Player of the Year and the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2009, has transferred to the University of Oklahoma from Maryland. Mooney will start classes in the spring semester at OU. "It was a soccer and family decision to transfer,” said Mooney, who attended Edmond Santa Fe and was a part of the U17 US women’s national team and U18 national player pool. "I just decided to come back and play where friends and family can watch and be part of everything.” Mooney fared well in her one season with the Terrapins. She scored a goal in her first collegiate match and played in 21 matches, starting three. "Scoring in that first game, it was special but it was kind of like, ‘Hopefully, this is how the whole season goes,’” said Mooney. She scored in the Terps’ first-round NCAA Tournament victory and closed the season with four goals in eight shots. Maryland advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tourney and had a record of 14-6-2. Mooney enjoyed the change of pace provided by ACC soccer and relocating to Baltimore. "As far as soccer goes, it was a lot more intense and a lot more effort put into everything,” she said. "I liked that. "You don’t ever see players slacking off in college. You don’t see players talking back to coaches like you do in high school. The practices are harder, and the games are harder. "And as far as the move, Maryland was nice. The weather was always good. And it was different, but interesting, to be out on your own a long way from home.” Alas, home beckoned once Mooney started weighing her options after the season. At Thanksgiving break, she decided she wanted to move back to Oklahoma. Mooney chose to join the OU soccer program partly because another one of the premier players in state history, Dria Hampton, plays for the Sooners. Mooney and Hampton played together in club soccer and spent time together training with the US national team. "We’re pretty dangerous together,” Mooney said. "We feel like we could accomplish a lot there.” Maryland coach Brian Pensky gave Mooney a full release. Since Mooney is not transferring to an ACC school, she can play immediately for the Sooners.