Deer Creek soccer team ready for a run at a third straight title

This season, the 6A, 5A and 4A defending champions will be looking to win a third straight title. In 5A, Misty Thompson is trying to lead the Deer Creek girls team to a three-peat and their fifth team title.
by Chris Brannick Published: March 28, 2014
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photo - Deer Creek players celebrate their championship in the Class 5A girls state soccer championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Noble, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Deer Creek players celebrate their championship in the Class 5A girls state soccer championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Noble, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— 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.

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by Chris Brannick
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Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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