Eight Mustang students state cup champs
By Kyle Salomon
Eight Mustang High School students became state champions this past weekend on the soccer field.
The Oklahoma State Cup held its state tournaments over the past two weekends, and five Lady Bronco soccer players and three Bronco boys soccer players earned gold with their respective teams winning state in their respective age groups.
The event took place at the Edmond Soccer Club fields.
Mustang 2014 graduates Anna Crawford and Lexi Jones, seniors Alina Magruder and Brandi Hutchison, junior Jaci Jones and sophomores Gabe Knight, Brock Massie and Austin Needham won state as a part of the Oklahoma FC.
Lexi Jones was the oldest of the group as she played on the 1996 OFC team. Her squad took down Tulsa Soccer Club in the championship game 1-0. She scored one goal and had one assist in the tournament. She is taking her talents to Tulsa in August to play collegiate soccer for Oral Roberts University.
Lexi is also practicing to compete in the All-State soccer game later this month and will compete with her club team at the regional tournament at the end of June in Baton Rouge, La.
“Winning the state championship three times in club is pretty awesome,” Lexi said. “I’m excited to go and play college soccer this fall, but this summer to help keep me in good shape and helps give me touches with the ball.”
Crawford was one of three Mustang ladies to play for the OFC 1997 group. This was Crawford’s second State Cup title. However, the previous one came with the Canadian Valley Futbol Club a year ago. She will play collegiate soccer at the University of Oklahoma this coming fall. Crawford will move to Norman officially next week and begin taking summer classes and training for the season.
Crawford’s 1997 group defeated Norman Youth Soccer Fury 2-0 in the title game. She scored one goal and had one assist in the tournament.
Crawford will continue to play for her club team and participate in the All-State game throughout the summer.
“It was a great experience winning another state championship,” Crawford said. “I’m looking forward to getting down to OU and starting my summer class and workouts with the team.”
Magruder, like Crawford, won her second state championship, but did it with a new team than she did a year ago.
Magruder played for CVFC 97 last year, when they won the state title, but this year moved to OFC 97 and won her second consecutive crown.
Magruder is going to be a senior at MHS next year, so she is not focused on college just yet. She will focus on the regional tournament and helping her team make it to the national tournament.
The speedy forward scored six goals in the tournament and had two assists.
“I’m just focused on going to the regional tournament right now,” Magruder said. “We have a really good chance of making it to the national tournament, so I’m 100 percent focused on that right now.”
Hutchison played in goal for the OFC 97 squad the majority of the tournament and pitched two shutouts and had numerous saves throughout the matches that helped the group go on to win the state title.
The tall athletic goalkeeper will be a senior for the Lady Broncos next season.
Jaci Jones won the state championship for her second consecutive season with the OFC 98 team. The junior-to-be scored numerous goals and had multiple assists in her tournament. The midfielder’s squad took down CVFC 2-0 in the championship game.
Knight won his first state title of his young soccer career for the OFC 99 boys team. It was Knight’s first year to play with the OFC squad. Before he joined OFC, he played for South Lakes in Moore.
The Mustang sophomore-to-be scored one goal and had one assist in the tournament. His team defeated TSC 1-0 in the title game.
“I’m really happy we won it,” Knight said. “It was my first time in the playoffs, so to win was pretty awesome.”
Brock Massie is no stranger to winning state championships in club soccer. This year’s state championship was the fourth by Massie with the OFC 99 team. He scored two goals in the event.
The OFC 99 squad is no stranger to winning as the team has won two national tournaments. The first one was in Richmond, Va., and the second was in Phoenix. They are ranked in the top 10 nationally for their age group.
Austin Needham was also a part of the OFC 99 team that won the state title. He was a big part of Mustang’s varsity squad this past year as a freshman and played a major role in the OFC 99 squad that won state last weekend.