Justin Harper Published: July 22, 2009
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/> "She was a flower-picker,” Amy said with a chuckle. "She didn’t always like to pay a lot of attention.”

That led to a career between the pipes.

"It was definitely not my choice when I was little to play in goal,” Cris said. "But I was very day-dreamy as a kid, so my coach put me in there. By the time I was 13 or 14, I ended up really loving it.”

Everything worked out for the best for Cris and Amy. Aside from going for a national crown this week, Cris will play college soccer at SMU and Amy at Kansas.

Amy has been on a tear for the past few months. In May, a week after breaking the state record for career goals, she led Deer Creek to an unbeaten season and the Class 5A state championship.

Then, in the All-State game, she put three shots into the net. And while that hat trick was impressive, she surpassed it with three goals in the Region III semifinals.

"I’ve had a pretty amazing year,” Amy said. "I feel like I’m at the top of my game right now. It’s a different game here, but I hope to step up to the competition again.”

The cousins, whose fathers Brad (Cris) and Bart (Amy) are brothers, have made a tight-knit clan even closer through their soccer successes.

"We usually travel together,” Amy said. "We’ve been to Dallas, Las Vegas, California, Washington, D.C., Florida, Ohio, Nashville ... a lot of places with each other.”

Says Cris: "Our families are really close regardless. But soccer helps keep it that way.”


U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships

→Where: Lancaster, Mass.

ESC ’91 Black schedule

→Today: Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, 1:30 p.m.

→Thursday: FC Bucks Vipers (Pennsylvania), 11:30 a.m.

→Friday: Pleasanton Rage (California), 9:30 a.m.

All-time tournament results for ESC ’91 Black

→Regional finals: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

→National tournament: 2005, 2009

→Roster: Calli Cooper (Norman North), Brittan Elder (Edmond Memorial), Amy Grow (Deer Creek), Cris Grow (Casady), Maddi Hillis (Edmond Memorial), Jordan Hutchison (Edmond North), Lacy Key (Noble), Brittany King (Edmond Santa Fe), Melissa McLaws (Deer Creek), Chandler Murphy (Norman), Catherine Parish (Jenks), Lauren Parks (homeschooled), Taylor Robinson (Heritage Hall), Jasmine Simmons (Edmond Santa Fe), Megan Watkins (Edmond Memorial). Coach: James Soesbee.

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