"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.”