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.