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Catching up with Caitlin Mooney: Former Edmond Santa Fe soccer standout to play for OU

By Justin Harper, Staff Writer Published: December 28, 2009
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"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.