Five OSU recruits ranked among top 150 nationally
OSU's Melinda Mercado was a third-round selection in today's draft.
Cowgirl soccer duo named to NSCAA first team
Record four OSU players named first-team all-region by NSCAA
Berth in NCAA Women's College Cup on line Friday night
Highlights from the 2011 Oklahoma State Cowgirl Soccer season, where OSU won its fifth Big 12 Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year.
2010: Was a starter in all 26 games ... named the 2010 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... was an NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America Second Team selection ... named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season Third Team ... earned All-Big 12 First Team honors for second-straight season ... named to Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team and was awarded the tourney's Defensive MVP award for second consecutive year ... ranked among TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Top 100 Players to Watch ... earned NSACC All-Central Region First Team accolades ... her 2,353 minutes played was the most by a Cowgirl ... key to a defense that led the Big 12 in goals against average (0.79) while allowing just 21 goals and recording 10 shutouts ... recorded only goal of the season vs. Michigan in NCAA Tournament (11/12) ... named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (11/18) ... was an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree.
2009: Started all 23 games in which she appeared ... named to the All-Big 12 First Team at defender ... earned Defensive MVP honors at the Big 12 Soccer Championship ... an All-Central Region Second Team selection by the NSCAA ... key part of a defense that recorded a school-record 14 shoutouts and allowed just 16 goals ... recorded assists at Northwestern State (9/13) and vs. Kansas (9/25) ... scored goal at Missouri (9/27) ... earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors.
2008: Earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from Soccer Buzz ... also named to the Soccer Buzz All-Freshman Central Region team ... earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team ... key part of a defensive corps that recorded 10 shutouts and allowed just 18 goals ... first-career goal came at No. 26 Louisville (9/12) and was the game winner ... also recorded a goal against Oklahoma (10/31) ... joined the Cowgirl basketball team at the conclusion of soccer season and appeared in 29 games on the hardwood .. participated in the U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women's National Team Domestic Training Camp in April.
CLUB/PREP: Played on the Oklahoma ODP team from 2004-06 ... was a member of the Edmond Soccer Club '90 that was twice a national runner-up and a two-time regional champion ... two-sport star at Sapulpa High School in soccer and basketball ... was named SHS Female Athlete of the Year for 2007-08 ... was captain of the soccer team as a senior and led the team with 11 goals ... led team to district title ... named all-conference and all-district as a sophomore, junior and senior ... earned all-state honors as a senior ... also a member of Lady Chieftain basketball teams that won a state championship in 2007 and were state runners-up in 2008 ... named all-state in basketball as a senior ... also considered Tennessee, TCU, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
PERSONAL: Born on March 19, 1990 ... also goes by her nickname, "Minnie" ... daughter of Edgar and Julie Mercado ... has two sisters, Megan and Madison ... mother, two uncles and an aunt also attended OSU ... majoring in business.