OKC FC’s Season Comes to a Close
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club’s season ended brightly for the team with a win against the Texas Spurs. The girls won every single game they played at home this season, which was a massive accomplishment.
There are three girls on the team who started each and every game: Dria Hampton; Amber Lockwood; and Sami Guzman.
“If you can be undefeated at home, it’s like it’s a pride thing,” says Hampton, who has been with OKC FC for 12 seasons, “We’re so thankful that Mustang let us use their facility and we made it our home.”
This season ended with OKC FC winning five out of their eight matches, and though they lost two and tied one, they’re very thankful for what they’ve learned this summer.
“It helped me keep sharp and learn new things to bring back to my college team,” says Lockwood, who only started playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this year.
Players on this team were ready to work to win this season, which gave the girls an edge over most of the other teams. They were disappointed not to make it to the championship, but with their second place finish and their clean sweep at home, the ladies were proud of the way they played.
“Honestly, the fans and support that we have at home are amazing,” says Guzman, who is also playing her first season in the WPSL, “Does it compare to a championship? I don’t know, but it felt pretty good to win every home game with the love and support by our side.”
Oklahoma City FC vs. Texas Spurs - Final Game of the Season
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club’s (5-1-2) final game of the season against their red river rivals, Texas Spurs (1-2-5), ended with a huge victory for the Scissortails. OKC FC crushed it 5-1, placing them second in the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Red River Conference North Division this season.
No goals were scored in the first half of the match, but all the action was saved for the very end.
Sami Guzman shot her fifth goal of the season in the 57th minute, assisted by Ivanna Rivas.
The second goal, only two minutes later in minute 59, was scored by Dria Hampton. This may have been her first goal of the season, but she was one of the stars of the game.
Rivas then scored her fifth goal of the season in the 72nd minute with an assist by Jaci Jones, who finishes with six assists this season.
Texas Spurs swooped in with their only goal of the night in minute 82 on a penalty kick.
OKC FC was back at it again after their fumble with another goal in the 86th minute by Katie Jones, assisted by Hampton on a free kick. The last goal of the night was right at the end in the 87th minute by Aniya Facen on an assist by Hampton. Hampton ended the season with seven assists, just one more than Jones.
“Once we get one goal, we’ll just get a ton,” says Hampton, who is also an assistant coach on the team, “I think we attacked that game really well in the second half.”
This final game marked the end of the season for OKC FC, but they sent it off with a bang. OKC FC did not lose a single game at home, leaving them undefeated (4-0) in Mustang’s Soccer Complex.
The Grand Finale
By: Curtis Baxter
Saturday, Oklahoma City FC (4-2-1) will face the Texas Spurs (1-4-2) as the final match of the season for both teams. Both Oklahoma City FC and Texas Spurs FC have played each other once this year, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Oklahoma City has scored 14 goals this season, while the Texas Spurs have made six goals. Oklahoma City has given up 10 goals, while the Texas Spurs have had 12 goals scored against them this season.
The last match for Oklahoma City was against Southstar FC, Oklahoma City won 4-2. The last match for Texas Spurs was against FC Dallas, the Texas Spurs won 3-0- that was the first win for them this season.
In Oklahoma City's last match Jaci Jones was responsible for a goal and three assists in the 4-2 victory.
In the Texas Spurs last match the first goal was scored in the 19th minute, the second scored in the 26th minute, and the third and final goal was scored in the 71st minute.
This is the final match of the season which means both teams are going to go all out. So, I would get your tickets now so you can see the epic brawl between Oklahoma City FC and the Texas Spurs on July 17th at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex at 7:30.
OKC FC’s Youngest Player - Katie Jones
By Makenzie Vandruff
Katie Jones, 16-years-old, is the youngest player on the Oklahoma City Football Club roster. She might still be in highschool, but she scored a goal in her first game of the season against FC Dallas. Jones has been playing soccer since she was very young and has a huge passion for the sport.
“I’m definitely going to go play soccer somewhere in college,” says Jones, “And I just started being able to be recruited, so that’s a big part of it.”
Community and teamwork is also incredibly meaningful to Jones. Spending time with her teammates, whether it’s getting food or grabbing a drink, is a big deal for her.
“Before every single high school home game we would have, I would go with my friends and we would get City Bites,” says Jones, “We would go sit in the parking lot and we’d go eat it, and it was our thing before every game.”
Jones also says she isn’t superstitious, but she does have a little ritual which makes her feel better before every game.
“I have to have my hair braided, or else I just don’t play good,” says Jones.
Katie Jones loves soccer and has an intense spirit for it, which leads her to push hard in each game she plays and knock it out of the park.
The Fourth Go Around
Written By: Curtis Baxter
Ivanna Rivas has been with Oklahoma City FC for four seasons and appeared in seven matches in 2019. Rivas is a starting three player and has produced two assists.
Rivas has played in 55 matches during her four-year career with the University of Oklahoma. Rivas earned 26 starts while scoring six goals and added two assists. Rivas also finished second on the team in her junior season with five goals.
Rivas was on the 2015 Southern Regional Premier League title team. Rivas was also a member of three consecutive Oklahoma Cup Championship teams.
Before Rivas plays a match, she likes to have Chicken and Sweet Potatoes from Flower Child, which is a superstition of hers. She also likes to listen to upbeat or pump-up music before the match.
Rivas is thinking about going into coaching after she finishes college.
OKC FC is ready to win
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club (3-1-2) is back on the field for another home game on July 10 at 6 p.m. against SouthStar Football Club (2-0-3).
SouthStar FC is on a two game losing streak after their loss against Dallas Football Club (3-1-2) on July 3. OKC FC won their last game against SouthStar, so the odds are in the Scissortails favor.
OKC FC’s game Wednesday ended in a huge win after they scored the most goals they’ve scored since 2019. These women are picking up their spirits and they’re back in the running to make it to the championship.
Come check out the game at Mustang High School’s Soccer Complex, OKC FC’s home field this season. The ladies have had great gameplay on this field, so go watch if you’re ready to see an action-packed and exciting match.
OKC FC’s most goals since 2019
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club (3-1-2) crushes Dallas Football Club (3-1-2) Wednesday night- 4-1.
This game was the most goals OKC FC has scored since June 21, 2019, ten matches ago, when they beat the Texas Spurs. During that game, the girls were incredibly aggressive and won against the Texas Spurs 7-0. This is still their record but seeing how the team played tonight their record could be broken.
FC Dallas started the game off with the first goal in the 30th minute, but OKC FC was not going to let them hold the lead.
Katie Jones, 16-years-old, scored for OKC FC in minute 44. This was also her first match, and her goal gave the team an intense spark that they built up throughout the game.
Not long after, the next two goals were scored by Erica Middleton in the 46th and 67th minutes respectively. Her first score was with a header by the corner post after a foul against FC Dallas. Dria Hampton, who has played on the team for 12 seasons, assisted her. Goal number two from Middleton also started as a foul with an assist from Jaci Jones.
“I had never scored before with this team, so it was really exciting to get my first goal,” says Middleton, “For it to help us get a lead was really nice.”
To end the game with a big bang, Samantha Guzman knocked in one last goal in minute 90, unassisted.
OKC FC played a game to rival their very best on Wednesday at their home field, Mustang Soccer Complex. If you want to catch the action and watch OKC FC play to make history, come watch their next game at 7:30 on Saturday, June 10 against Southstar Football Club (2-0-3).
A Retaliation Strike
Written By: Curtis Baxter
Oklahoma City FC (2-1-2) will go up against FC Dallas (3-1-1) at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
The last match for Oklahoma City FC was on July 3rd against the Texas Spurs FC the match ended as a draw- 1-1. Both defense and offense in the match were very equal. Both teams were able to break through, but then got stuck.
The last match for FC Dallas was on July 3rd against Southstar FC which ended in FC Dallas winning 2-1. Both Oklahoma City FC and FC Dallas have gone up against everyone in the Red River Conference this season.
Tulsa Soccer Club FC has beaten Oklahoma one time out of the two matches they have played and has beaten Dallas one time with only one match between them. Southstar hasn't beaten Oklahoma City or Dallas. The Texas Spurs have tied both Oklahoma City FC and FC Dallas.
Oklahoma City FC has scored six goals and has had seven goals scored against them this season. FC Dallas has scored nine goals and has had six goals scored against them this season.
Get your tickets now so you can see one of the final matches of the season for Oklahoma City FC at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex at 7:30.
OKC FC is back in Mustang
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club has made a new home for the season at Mustang High School’s Soccer Complex. Jaci Jones, Katie Jones, Ashlee Jackson, Kylee Wickersham, Kyla Lovelace, and Katie McCullock all have played soccer at Mustang High School. These six girls are very excited to be back.
“This has been my home town since I was born, so it’s nice to feel like you’re playing at home,” says McCullock, who has played with Jackson on the Mustang field in the past.
The girls say nothing has really changed emotionally playing at Mustang versus playing with OKC FC, though their chemistry as players has gotten stronger and they have grown more mature.
“It feels like a completely different environment,” says Jaci Jones, “It didn’t feel like I was on the Mustang field.”
High school games usually consist of a few family and friends, and while they still come to OKC FC games, many soccer fans and players also watch the matches. The girls are signing autographs after matches and taking pictures with fans, which gives the field a very new and exciting atmosphere.
“In high school you’re trying to find yourself,” says Jackson, “but now you know who you are.”
All the girls on OKC FC are now pursuing the same goals and working hard together. They say in high school many of the players are there to have fun, so seeing the difference in intensity between their matches then and their matches now has been a huge change.
“I graduated in 2020, so my season was cut really short. Being able to come back and play was really cool,” says Kylee Wickersham.
Wickersham, Jackson, and McCullock were only able to play a handful of home games on the Mustang field before COVID-19 ended their season. Now that OKC FC is playing in Mustang, they’re able to come back and finish what they started.
“It’s nice to remember all of your memories from on the field and how much you grew while you were there,” says Kyla Lovelace.
OKC FC is happy to claim Mustang for their home field and continue to compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. They’re working hard to achieve their goals and pursue a bright future in soccer.
OKC FC draws against Texas Spurs
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club (2-1-2) drew with Texas Spurs (0-2-3) on Saturday evening. The game was full of ups and downs, but ended in a tie.
Ivanna Rivas scored the lone goal for OKC FC in the 72nd minute of the match. The lone OKC goal tied the Texas Spurs at 1-1, who had shot and scored in minute 62.
This is OKC FC’s first tie of the season, and while it may not have been a win, it certainly wasn’t a loss either. The women are working very hard this season, putting their all into achieving their goals and giving the fans some exciting matches of soccer.
To come and see OKC FC play some action-filled and thrilling games, visit the Mustang High School Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m. on July 7. You won’t want to miss these girls putting their all into this exhilarating sport.
A Second Shot
Written By: Curtis Baxter
On July 3rd, Oklahoma City FC (2-0-2) will face the Texas Spurs Football Club (0-1-3) for each team's fifth game of the season.
Oklahoma City’s last match was on June 29th against FC Dallas, which Oklahoma City lost 3-1. Both Oklahoma City and Dallas fought well, but Dallas just found more ways to get through the defense.
The last match for the Texas Spurs was scheduled for June 26th against Oklahoma City, but the match was postponed due to bad weather. Both Oklahoma City and the Texas Spurs have gone up against Tulsa Soccer Club, Southstar FC, and FC Dallas.
Tulsa beat OKC FC and the Spurs each one time. SouthStar FC has beaten the Texas Spurs twice and lost to OKC FC once. FC Dallas beat OKC one time and had a draw with the Spurs.
Oklahoma City has scored five goals and have had six goals scored against them this season. The Texas Spurs have scored one goal and have given up nine goals against them this season.
Buy your tickets now to see the epic match between Oklahoma City FC and Texas Spurs FC at 7:00 at the Willow Springs Middle School in Texas.
FC Dallas steals the win from OKC FC
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club (2-0-2) competed against Dallas Football Club (2-1-1) Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, this game may have taken away OKC FC’s chances at competing in the championship.
With a losing streak of two, OKC FC’s promising start has taken a turn for the worse.
FC Dallas started the game off strong with two goals in the first half; one in minute 16, then another in minute 29. The first half of the game was a bust for OKC FC, but they didn’t give up.
In minute 54, Jaci Jones scored a goal against FC Dallas’ strong defense. This seemed to be the end of OKC FC’s push back against its opponent because FC Dallas sealed the deal in minute 64 with one last goal.
OKC FC has had a great defense and offense up until this game, where keeper Amber Lockwood had a tough night between the posts. It would be close to impossible for the team to make a comeback now, and the championship seems to be just out of reach.
Still, the team will keep working hard and pushing themselves until the very end. To see another game filled with excitement and dynamic gameplay, check out OKC FC’s next game at Texas Spurs (0-1-3) on July 3 at 7:00 p.m.
The First Fight
By: Curtis Baxter
On June 29th, Oklahoma City Football Club 2-0-1) will go up against FC Dallas (1-1-1), which will be both teams fourth game of the season.
Oklahoma City has made four goals and have given up three goals against them the whole season. FC Dallas has scored four goals and have given up four goals against them.
FC Dallas has faced Southstar Football Club, Texas Spurs Football Club, and Tulsa Soccer Club while Oklahoma City has gone up against Southstar FC and Tulsa SC.
Oklahoma City’s last game was against the Texas Spurs FC, but sadly the game was postponed due to weather. The last match for FC Dallas was against Tulsa SC, which they lost 2-1.
Buy tickets now to come see this epic match between Oklahoma City FC and FC Dallas. Both teams have very similar statistics which could make the match neck and neck.
Out for a Rebound - OKC FC vs. Texas Spurs
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club (2-0-1) is up against Texas Spurs (1-1-2) for its fourth match of the season on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. After a 2-1loss against its turnpike rivals, Tulsa Soccer Club (4-0-1), on Wednesday, they’re itching to get back on the pitch.
OKC FC has scored six goals in its three games, and goalie, Amber Lockwood, has only given up three goals. With the Texas Spurs only having one win under its belt, OKC FC’s solid defense and fierce offense are looking to get back on the winning ways.
Currently OKC FC is sitting in second place in the rankings, six points behind Tulsa SC, while Texas Spurs are at the bottom of the leaderboard. It could all turn around for the Texas Spurs, or OKC FC could continue to rise to the top.
So far, OKC FC’s games have been filled with heart-pounding action and gripping gameplay. The team has played hard in its first three matches and will continue to do so. If you’re looking to watch some exhilarating soccer, come down to the Mustang High School Soccer Complex at 7:30 p.m. on June 26. You won’t want to miss this action-packed game.
If you can’t make it to the game you can watch the stream on the leagues livestream website at: https://elevensports.com/en/view/event/ckpsrre28gxom0g8ts9lcfrf6.
Tulsa SC’s Retaliation
By Curtis Baxter
Tulsa Soccer Club (4-0-1) got its retaliation against Oklahoma City Football Club (2-0-1) Wednesday evening.
Oklahoma City FC scored first against Tulsa SC in the third minute of the match to take an early advantage. The goal was scored by Amaya Grace on an assist from a corner kick by Dria Hampton, which was the first corner kick of the match. The first corner kick for Tulsa SC came in the 9th minute.
The second corner kick for Tulsa SC was in the 10th-minute, but the first goal for Tulsa SC wasn’t scored until the 22nd-minute by Megan Nielson. OKC FC’s Amber Lockwood had blocked three consecutive shots before getting scored on.
In the second half of the game Katie Fowler got a yellow card in the 65th minute.
The second goal for Tulsa SC was scored in the 75th-minute by Parker Goins. Lockwood went out for the ball, but Goins was able to get it around her and in the back of the net.
The match was very close in score, but also in offense and defense for both teams. After Tulsa SC scored the second goal Oklahoma City FC changed up its tactic, which led them to having multiple shots on goal, but couldn’t connect on a goal.
Tulsa SC’s victory gives them a cushion in the standings now with 12-points, and OKC FC sits in second with 6-points after its first loss of the season.
OKC FC will be back in action Saturday, June 26 at home against the Texas Spurs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mustang High School’s Soccer Complex.
Tulsa’s Chance To Strike Back
Written By: Curtis Baxter
Oklahoma City Football Club is to face Tulsa Soccer Club for the second time this season Wednesday, June 23. Still the only opponent that both Oklahoma City and Tulsa have gone up against is Southstar.
Tulsa SC (3-1) has scored six goals and has given up two goals in its first four games of the season. In its last outing Tulsa SC defeated FC Dallas 3-1.
OKC FC (2-0) has scored three goals and given up just one, which came in its last outing against SouthStar Football Club in a 2-1 OKC FC victory.
In the last game between OKC FC and Tulsa SC, OKC FC won in a very close 1-0 game. The goal was scored in the second half at the 67th minute and snapped Tulsa SC’s 244-minute streak without giving up a goal.
The Man Behind OKC FC- Sean Jones
By Makenzie Vandruff
Sean Jones is the owner of the Oklahoma City Football Club and has a huge impact on women’s soccer in the area. Jones not only owns the team and supplies funds for OKC FC, but he also provides a space for women to play soccer when they may not be able to elsewhere.
“That’s what being the owner is all about is trying to keep this thing going in the right direction, hopefully not lose too much money, and provide a great atmosphere for young ladies to play during the summer,” says Jones.
In the very beginning of OKC FC, Jones says that the team did make a small profit, but they do lose money each year. Despite this, Jones and his associates continue to support the ladies of OKC FC in their goals. With only a handful of professional women’s soccer teams in the country, it can be very difficult for women to pursue this sport, which is why Jones assists them in doing just that.
Jones has four daughters who all grew up playing soccer, and his eldest gave him the motivation to take over as owner of OKC FC. She practiced on the team until the funds were wearing thin, which pushed Jones and his two business partners to take over.
“Our role, basically, is to find sponsorships, to make sure that the vision of what we’re trying to do is being accomplished by providing a great game day atmosphere, and making sure the coaches are on board,” says Jones, “And we select the right people and their roles to make this thing a great experience.”
Giving the fans something to look forward to is no easy feat, but Jones and his team are doing a fantastic job. Fans enjoy a welcoming, kid-friendly environment the moment they step through the gates. Family, friends, and food have all been contributing factors to the great atmosphere, all of which is set in motion by Jones.
Jones has coached both men and women’s soccer, and always found himself enjoying coaching the girls more than the boys.
“[Women] are so much more appreciative. They just spend as much time as kids want to spend with them taking pictures, talking, and signing autographs,” says Jones.
OKC FC is always incredibly welcoming and excited to meet fans after games, contributing to their friendly atmosphere even after a fast-moving game.
Sean Jones is a very giving man who is completing his goal of giving women a place to hone their skills and compete in the sport they love. After over five years of being the owner of the team, he’s excited to see it continue on to offer a fun venue for soccer players and soccer fans alike.
Rivas' Two Goals Lead OKCFC to a Two-Game Winning Streak
By Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club locked in its second win of the season against SouthStar Football Club on June 19 in Texas. OKC FC’s win gives them a two-game winning streak to start the season off strong.
This game started with a goal by SouthStar FC’s player, Summer Chaffin, in the 9th minute of the game. SouthStar FC held strong all throughout the first half, until OKC FC came back in the second half with a vengeance.
Ivanna Rivas, OKC FC forward, scored a goal in the second half of the game at the 66th minute on an assist from Dria Hampton. SouthStar FC was fighting to keep its lead from the first half, but its fate was sealed when OKC FC’s midfielder Jaci Jones struck the ball, blocked by the keeper, where Ivanna Rivas was there to finish, scoring winning goal in the 90th minute.
Overall, Jones attempted four shots throughout the entire game, which was half of OKC FC’s total eight shots. Rivas took two shots, while Samantha Guzman and Yuuka Kurosaki attempted the other two.
SouthStar FC attempted 22 shots in the game, but OKC FC’s powerful defense outweighed their unrelenting offense.
OKC FC is headed home after its action-packed win against SouthStar SC with two wins under its belt. There next game is in Tulsa on June 23 at 7:30 versus their turnpike rivals, Tulsa Soccer Club. OKC FC beat Tulsa SC in their first game of the season, so this rematch is going to be exhilarating.
Catch the team back at its home the Mustang High School Soccer Complex on June 26 at 7:30, where they’ll be fighting for a win against the Texas Spurs. After two consecutive wins, these matches are bound to be thrilling.
OKC vs. Tulsa: Season Opener vs. Turnpike Rivals
The Oklahoma City Women’s Football Club is having its first game of the season on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be held at the Mustang High School soccer complex, and everyone's invited. This is the team’s first home game, so come out and see them compete against the Tulsa Soccer Club.
The experience of the ladies on the Oklahoma City FC ranges from players like 30-year-old Dria Hampton who is competing in her 12th season with the team, to 18-year-old Samantha Guzman with her first season competing with OKC FC. Both women were born and raised in Oklahoma, though others on the team came from out of state or out of the country, like Amber Lockwood from Texas and Marga Franco from Spain. There are 21 girls on the roster who played or are currently playing collegiate soccer in Oklahoma from the likes of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, and others. These ladies all have an incredible experience with soccer and continue to gain skill with each game they play.
Don’t forget to get your tickets to the game on June 12 at Mustang High School. Tickets are being sold online and at the gate, but purchasing your tickets online can get you $2 off your purchase. The link to the website to purchase tickets is; https://www.ticketstorm.com/event/oklahomacityfc2021season/mustangsoccerstadium/mustang/24992/. This is the season opener for Oklahoma City FC, so make sure to buy your tickets and come enjoy the action.
A Close One
Article By Curtis Baxter
Oklahoma City defeated Tulsa Soccer Club 1-nil Saturday evening to open the season 1-0.
Samantha Guzman scored the winning goal unassisted in the 64th minute of the match. “I feel satisfied with the win and the goal,” said Guzman. Tulsa hadn’t given up a goal in 244 minutes of play and was on a 10-game winning streak, which dated back to last season before today's game.
Tulsa was playing good defense, but Guzman found a way to put the ball in the back of the net on a wild sequence of events. OKC FC had been called for a foul so a Tulsa SC player seemed to set the ball and nonchalantly kicked the ball backwards and right into Guzman’s feet. Guzman looked around before realizing a whistle wasn’t blown- calling the play dead- and so she dropped the ball right over the keeper’s head for the lone goal of the match.
There were four yellow cards on the night with Oklahoma City receiving three of them; Lauren Haivala (38’), Jaci Jones (54’), and Keanna Witte (77’). Tulsa’s Mollie Breiner received Tulsa’s lone yellow card in the 64th minute.
The game was very close on points, if Amber Lockwood wasn't there the score could have been much different. Lockwood says “I think we did really well on the game today, especially on defense.” Oklahoma City had 3 corner kicks while Tulsa had 2 corner kicks in the 1st half. Oklahoma City and Tulsa both had 4 shots on goal.
Oklahoma City FC will be back in action Saturday at SouthStar FC in Fort Worth, Texas and won’t be back on the pitch at Mustang High School until Saturday, June 26.
Hampton’s record breaking 12th season with OKC FC
By: Makenzie Vandruff
Dria Hampton, 30-years old, has been with the Oklahoma City Football club for 12-seasons and has seen the team change tremendously through the years, especially with the newest ladies joining this season.
Hampton is an assistant coach as well as a player, so she gets to see the best of both worlds during practices and games. Hampton has loved soccer since she was a child, and she has a great deal of insight on the sport.
“This year I think we have such a good mix of college, post-college, and high school (players),” says Hampton, “ So we have youth and we have experience, which goes really well together.”
The younger girls on the team are fired up and ready to go, while the more experienced players are there to reign them in and keep the match well paced. Hampton says the younger women are fit and can go forever, which balances out nicely with the ladies who have been playing for longer.
The pace of the game has certainly picked up this season with the new blood, letting the wisdom of the experienced players step in and guide the younger ladies to slow the game down. All of these different pieces that fit so well together make Hampton believe that they’re in a good position to win this league.
There are struggles within the team, of course, but as an assistant coach, Hampton is there to help work them out.
“I think that we’re really good in moments, and some moments we’re not so good. Finding that consistent balance is going to be crucial,” says Hampton.
With all of the highs and lows, Hampton is able to help guide the girls to gain some of that consistency that they need. The balance between the younger and older girls also plays into this, giving the team plenty of levels to work with.
Of course, Hampton is still growing as an athlete as well. At 30-years old she believes that she’s in the best shape she’s ever been in, and takes plenty of steps to ensure she’s staying healthy: doing yoga and stretching every day are huge in her daily routine. She uses her time that she’s given to stay active and do what she loves.
“I’m kind of like the mediator in between,” Hampton said, “I can get a feel on the field for how the girls are playing and how they’re feeling: what they think is great and what they think needs to be changed, and I can vocalize that to our staff.”
She gets to be the middleman between the players and the staff, which helps in creating that consistency she desires for the team. Hampton is able to communicate for both the women on the team and the coaches, giving stability and insight from both sides. With 12-years of experience with OKC FC, her advice is incredibly impactful. In fact, she gave one bit of advice for all athletes, whether you’re a soccer player or not.
“Embrace your strengths,” says Hampton, “Maximize those, then always look to improve your weaknesses.”
OKC FC: Action Packed and Entertaining
By: Makenzie Vandruff
Oklahoma City Football Club games are a welcoming and family-friendly space in which kids, teens, and adults of all ages can have a blast and enjoy soccer. Parents are thrilled by the atmosphere of the games for themselves and their children, while soccer fans young and old can enjoy the fast pace and excitement during the match.
“We really like the environment,” says Trinity Edgerton, “It’s a really awesome venue, especially being here in Mustang where soccer is so big. Our high school team just did so well at the state championship, and it’s a great community to have this in. We’re really proud that it’s here.”
The spirit of the game is lively at Mustang High School, where the matches are being held. The space is also very kid-friendly. Edgerton brought her daughter, who also plays soccer, to support the coaches and women of OKC FC in their first game of the season. Others in the area also enjoyed the children having fun and playing soccer.
Ethan Gordon says one of his favorite parts of the game is seeing all of the kids going out at halftime to play around and have fun. During halftime of OKC FC matches, everyone is encouraged to go out on the field, kick a ball around, and have a good time.
Of course, there are other things to enjoy other than the action-packed gameplay and the lighthearted fun on the field.
“The food is very good. I like the food,” says Gordon. “I’m a huge fan of food.”
At the season opener for OKC FC, a grill was set up for family and friends to enjoy a burger while they watched the game. Snacks and drinks are also available at the concession stand, so don’t worry about going hungry while you watch a thrilling soccer match.
On top of all of the fun and food, the games themselves are full of excitement and vigorous energy. OKC FC beat their turnpike rivals, Tulsa Soccer Club, in their first match of the season, breaking Tulsa’s win streak of 10-games and shattering their streak of 244 minutes without giving up a single goal. The fans were all incredibly excited to see this electrifying win, and many will keep on coming back for more.
Come and see OKC FC play their next home game at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. against the Texas Spurs to enjoy the atmosphere and see an exhilarating game.
Saturday Night in the Stockyards
Written By: Curtis Baxter
Oklahoma City Football Club (1-0) and SouthStar Football Club (1-2) take the pitch in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday. This will be the first of two matches between the two clubs, but they do have a common opponent in Tulsa Soccer Club.
The difference is that OKC FC beat Tulsa SC and SouthStar FC lost. OKC FC defeated Tulsa SC 1-0 in its season opener on June 12, while SouthStar lost 0-1 in a very close game in its season opener on June 6.
In OKC FC’s victory over Tulsa SC Samantha Guzman scored the lone goal, while keeper Amber Lockwood locked down the net with four saves for the season opening victory.
While SouthStar FC’s record is below .500 its goal differential is only -1. SouthStar FC scored two goals in its 2-0 victory over Texas Spurs FC last time on the pitch, but gave up three goals in the first two games of the season, which led to losses.
Saturday’s match can be watched on SouthStar FC’s MyCujoo account at:
Jones’ special night verse SouthStar
By Curtis Baxter
Oklahoma City FC (4-1-2) beat SouthStar FC (2-0-6) 4-2 at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex Wednesday evening.
The first goal was scored at the 22nd minute by Ivanna Rivas with an assist from Jaci Jones, her first of three on the night.
The second goal was scored in the 28th minute by Jones with an assist from Dria Hampton. The third goal was scored by SouthStar, in specific Trinity Byars scored with an assist from Ashlynn Miller to make the score 2-1 OKC FC.
The final statistics of the first half was two shots on goal for SouthStar and four shots for Oklahoma City. Two saves for SouthStar and one for Oklahoma City and two scoring opportunities for SouthStar, while Oklahoma City had three opportunities.
SouthStar had three corner kicks while Oklahoma City had zero and SouthStar had seven fouls while Oklahoma City had six fouls.
The first goal in the second half was scored in the 57th minute by Sami Guzman with an assist from Jones.
Jones also received a yellow card in the 54th minute. Guzman scored the second goal in the second half at the 63rd minute with another assist from Jones. SouthStar’s Byars scored her and the team's second goal in the 68th minute unassisted.
There were two more yellow cards, one on Hampton and one on Paige Cruise of SouthStar.
Some say that Jaci Jones was the MVP of the match today because she gave the team a score and also gave three assists to the team: two for Guzman and one for Rivas.
“I try to calm myself and set up my teammates and then for the goal I was more relieved than anything,” said Jones.
Dria Hampton to serve dual role with Oklahoma City FC in record 12th WPSL season
OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2021) - One of the all-time great players from the state of Oklahoma, Dria Hampton, will head up Oklahoma City FC’s midfield once again for a record 12th WPSL season - and has added the role as Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2021 season, Technical Director Evan Dresel and Head Coach Danny Gibson announced today.
During her team-record 11 WPSL seasons, all with Oklahoma City FC, the team has compiled an 83-25-14 record, won five conference titles and advanced to the WPSL Championship semifinals three times.
Hampton recently concluded her sixth season as an assistant coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where she helped lead the Drovers to the Sooner Athletic Conference championship game for the fifth consecutive season. The Piedmont, Okla. product coaches with Oklahoma Energy Football Club and is the lone female in club history to coach boy’s teams. She recently began a new private venture with MB10 Soccer, operating specialized individual and group clinics for intermediate to accomplished players.
A member of the United States National U14, U16, U18 and U20 teams, in 2009 Hampton was ranked as the No. 13 college prep prospect. The athletic midfielder started 62 consecutive games during her initial three collegiate years at the University of Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree played her senior season at Florida State, making 19 appearances for the Seminoles and advancing the NCAA Championship semifinals during her lone season in Tallahassee.
Oklahoma City FC, the ninth winningest team in WPSL history, opens its season on the road June 8 at FC Dallas. The ScissorTails’ home opener is June 12 at Mustang High School with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City will compete in the WPSL’s Red River Conference’s Northern Division and play home-and-home matches in 2021 versus turnpike rival Tulsa Soccer Club, FC Dallas, SouthStar FC, and the Texas Spurs – all three from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Oklahoma City FC’s Tryouts are scheduled for this Sunday 6-8 p.m. and on May 8 at MHS. For additional information and to register, go to OklahomaCityFC.com.
The WPSL, entering its 23rd season, is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with 136 teams spread across 34 states from coast-to-coast. With matches played during summer months, WPSL team rosters feature the top amateur players in North America – from standout collegiate student-athletes, to elite prep prospects and former college standouts. Many of the top players in U.S. National Team history honed their skills in the WPSL, including Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Abby Wambach and dozens of others.