NSCAA honors Cooper

First year Drover Calli Cooper has been showered with conference and national awards since USAO women’s soccer team’s season ended in early November.

She can now add to her résumé National Soccer Coaches Association of America Third Team All-American.

Cooper was the only woman from Oklahoma to be selected from the NAIA as a NSCAA All-American. She is from Norman.

“We are very happy and proud for her,” said Head Coach Jimmy Hampton. “(It’s) a great accomplishment as a freshman and the first from USAO, ever.”

Cooper was awarded the Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and a 2009 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Honorable Mention.

Cooper led the team in goals and assists, racking up 26 and 18 respectively. The young athlete averaged almost a goal and a half per game for the Drovers, who ended the season in the SAC Tournament at 13-6.

This is her first season playing for the Drovers, and she is No. 1 in the division in assists per game (1) and shots per game (8.06). In addition, she is No. 2 in points per game (3.89); No. 3 in total points (70), goals per game (1.44) and total assists (18); and No. 4 in total goals (26).

“I think more than anything … Calli had a great individual season,” Hampton said. “It is also a reflection of a much better program and team giving her the opportunity to get individual success.”

Hampton said he expects Cooper to continue to improve throughout her career at USAO.

“You hope they are at the level where they got a taste of it, but it’s not enough,” Hampton said. “I expect her numbers to be better next year … I think she has the ability to play at a higher lever. I think she can improve.”

Cooper is a Norman North High School graduate. She is the daughter of Len and Traci Cooper, of Norman.