Oklahoma State's defense flourished with Franch at goalkeeper and Mercado at defender. The Cowgirls tallied a school-record 22 wins, while leading the country in goals against average (0.337) and shutouts (18). The pair helped OSU to its second straight NCAA Soccer Championship quarterfinal appearance, its highest national ranking in school history (No. 2) and its fifth overall Big 12 crown.
Franch was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, the Big 12 Championship's Most Outstanding Defender and a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. Despite missing six games due to injury, she broke her own school record by posting 12 shutouts in 20 games played. The junior ranked second in the NCAA in goals-against average (0.348) and third in save percentage (0.92) and finished the season with 81 saves.
Mercado earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award for the second-straight year and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the third year in a row. The Sapulpa, Okla.-native started all 26 games at center back in 2011 and led the Cowgirls with over 2,300 minutes played.
Both Franch and Mercado were on the 2011 NSCAA All-Central Region team and the NSCAA All-America Second Team in 2010. The duo becomes the second and third Cowgirls to earn All-America first-team status from the NSCAA, joining Yolanda Odenyo, who earned that honor in 2006.
2011 NSCAA All-America Team
|GK||Adrianna Franch||Jr.||Oklahoma State||Salina, Kan.|
|Oklahoma State||Sapulpa, Okla.|