EDMOND — Repeating as state champions in girls soccer isn’t as rare in Oklahoma as it is in other sports. Between classes 6A, 5A and 4A, nine teams have won a second consecutive championship in the last 20 years, with three of those teams winning three or more straight titles.
This season, all three defending champions will be looking to win a third straight title.
In Class 5A, Misty Thompson is trying to lead the Deer Creek girls team to a three-peat and their fifth team title, all of which Thompson has been a part of.
Thompson won the girls Class 4A championship as a player in 1995 and was an assistant on the 2009 team that won its first Class 5A title before becoming head coach and leading the team to titles in 2012 and 2013.
Thompson credits local development for Antlers’ continuing success.
“We’re just plugging them into positions,” Thompson said. “The kids are coming from development leagues, like the Edmond Soccer Club.”
Lauren Haivala is one of those players who came up through the local leagues. The sophomore has already committed to play for Oklahoma and is the returning scoring leader from last year’s championship team. She scored 17 goals last season, including two in the title game, a 2-1 win over Carl Albert.
Thompson says Haivala’s leadership goes beyond the goals.
“She isn’t just a goals leader, she’s a work horse,” Thompson said. “She plays like a senior and she is just so technical about everything.”
Thompson is also high on Mikayla Lowery. The Oklahoma Baptist commitment scored 16 goals last season.
Deer Creek hasn’t had much time on the field so far this spring. The team did play two scrimmages, beating Tulsa Washington 2-1 and Edmond North 2-0. Thompson said typically when they go to Kansas City, Mo., for the Heart of America Tournament is when the really get the ball rolling on their season.
“Something clicks when we get back from there,” Thompson said. “We build a lot of chemistry on the trip.”
Deer Creek didn’t win a game at the tournament two years ago but did win one game last year, leaving Thompson to make a goal of two wins this year.
“It’s not about the wins,” Thompson said. “There is some stout talent there.”