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Justin Harper Published: July 22, 2009
According to Cris and Amy Grow, the soccer standouts are more like sisters than cousins.

"We act like sisters, argue like sisters and people think we look like sisters,” said Amy Grow, Oklahoma’s all-time leading goal scorer in high school soccer.

Cris Grow agrees fully. Especially with one aspect.

"We do fight like sisters,” she said. "We’re really close. But, Amy and I are completely different people.”

Nothing could make that more clear than the positions they play on the field. Amy is a forward, Cris is a goalkeeper.

Still, the two cousins will be working in unison today as the Edmond club soccer team ESC ’91 Black opens play at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Lancaster, Mass. ESC ’91 Black begins round-robin play at 1:30 p.m. against Ohio Elite Soccer Academy. Round-robin play concludes Friday with the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s national championship match.

ESC ’91 Black is comprised of city-area players from several different schools, including the Oklahoman’s 2009 defensive player of the year, Brittany King, and is coached by James Soesbee.

The Grows have played soccer together since they were 4 years old, so it’s business as usual for them. They’ve even played for a national title together when ESC ’91 Black made the final in 2005 in Florida.

However, they went separate ways in high school. Amy went to Deer Creek and pumped in goals like no one before her. Cris went to Casady and prevented them. They remained teammates on the club team, though.

While Amy showed early the prowess that would lead to 198 career goals for the Antlers, Cris discovered that playing in the field didn’t suit her.

"She was a flower-picker,” Amy said with a chuckle.

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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