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The TSC 97 RED Girls team was officially assembled under coach Matt Blackwell in the fall of 2006, however, the team has a robust history that precedes its official formation as 97 RED.  Formerly, the ten original members of the 97 RED squad were part of the MTSC Academy team 97 STORM coached by Mike Parker. 

Back in the winter of 2003 during an indoor soccer season, the team's nucleus came together as "The Rockets", a hodge-podge of girls joining together from several area recreational leagues to compete in the Soccer World U6 indoor division. Following that season, several Rocket team members and their families bid adieu to rec and committed to training with Coach Parker to develop skills in a competitive tournament environment. The team traveled frequently to neighboring cities and states successfully participating in various tournaments, including the Got Milk, QuickFoot and other events in the Kansas City, Dallas and Oklahoma City areas. In the fall of 2004, the team was christened with a new name "97 STORM" and shortly thereafter were invited to become affiliated with the Metro Tulsa Soccer Club's Player Development Program (MTSC PDP).  Also in the Fall of 2004 the MTSC 97 STORM became one of the original members of the Oklahoma Development League. ODL provided a venue for the talented group to challenge itself and gain valuable experience playing on larger fields with boys and older girls.   Under Mike Parker's stewardship, the girls earned an impressive eight tournament championships and finished as a finalist twice.

At the end of the Spring 2006 season, in preparation for competitive level play, the Tulsa Soccer Club divided the 16 member 97 STORM squad into two TSC Academy teams, some of which remained with Mike Parker and became part of TSC 97 BLACK.  Ten players became the TSC 97 RED team coached by Matt Blackwell.  With  Blackwell's installment as coach, the girls of 97 RED continued to develop and impress during the 2006/2007 U10 season, adding tournament titles to their already formidable resume, including the HFC Cup 2007, the Thompson Fall Classic and the K.C. Tournament in the Woods championships. 

At the close of the 2007 Spring season, the 97 RED squad kicked over officially to the competitive U11 level and matched up well with Texas teams in the unfinished (due to weather) Edmond Beat the Heat tournament in late August 2007.  97 RED finished second in the Fall 2007 season of Green Country Soccer Association (GSCA) 8 v 8 league play.

 In 11 v 11 tournament play for 2007 and 2008, 97 RED added championship titles at the Kyle Owen Classic (U11 Gold) and Thunder Friendship Cup (U12 Silver playing up).  The squad lost by shootout in the finals of the Hurricane FC Cup (playing up) and advanced in the Plano Labor Day Invitational (U11 Gold Semis), Sam Shannon Cup (U12 Gold semis), and Spring Classic (U11 Gold quarters).

TSC 97 RED dominated the U11 Girls division of the Spring 2008 Oklahoma Premiere League.  In addition to their 7-0 perfect record, TSC led the league both offensively and defensively posting 33 goals to only 4 against earning them a #1 ranking in Oklahoma.   97 RED saw a disappointing end to a great year, stumbling at State Cup with a 0-1 loss to fellow club mates TSC 97 BLACK.  Despite a 7-0 shutout run in other bracket games, 97 RED was taken out of wildcard contention due to tie contests in other brackets.

During June 2008 tryouts 97 RED deepened its roster by adding five talented players from TSC 97 BLACK's squad to its 11 returning veterans.  The new squad took to the field for preseason action in August 2008 with pieces still in motion and an injured player, but still was able to breeze through bracket play at Edmond's Beat the Heat tournament. The girls posted 14 goals in three shutout victories before succumbing in the semis via shootout. TSC next traveled south to Plano for the Labor Day Invitational, advancing to quarterfinal play before again losing by shootout. 
In October 2008, TSC 97 RED ventured east to meet the very best in Region 2 for the Metro United Fall Classic in Caseyville, IL where they lost in the finals by way of another dreadful shootout.  

The girls clinched a second straight Oklahoma Premier League Championship finishing first in the U12 girls Fall 2008 league with a 12-1-1 record, outscoring collective opponents by a margin of 48 to 4.  The squad participated in the first ever session of the new Super F Tulsa Futsal league in the winter of 2009. 

This past January 25, 2009, 97 RED repeated as the  Kyle Owen Classic champion in Dallas with a 5-game tournament shutout record.  On March 8, 2009, 97 RED made the finals playing up in the U13 Division of the GSASC Champions Challenge in Springfield, MO, suffering another championship loss via shootout.  In April, the girls had a terrific tournament run in the Spring Classic in Dallas, going 4-0 through pool play and quarter-finals before nasty weather forced competition indoors to be concluded by shootouts.  TSC went down 3-5 in PKs in the abbreviated Semi-Final round.

 The girls went undefeated in the Spring 2009 Oklahoma Premier League season to win their third straight league championship.  After rolling through preliminaries with three shut-out victories while posting nine goals in bracket play, TSC 97 RED lost its offensive legs in the semi-final round of the Oklahoma State Cup tournament losing to Norman Fury 0-1 for a heartbreaking end to their final year with coach Matt Blackwell.

For the U13 season, the TSC 97 RED girls kicked off their maiden tournament voyage with new coach Troy Tokarchik by claiming the U13 Gold Championship of Edmond's Beat the Heat tournament in August 2009.  97 RED carried the momentum into early September 2009 by securing the Plano Labor Day Invitational U13 Gold Division Championship.  TSC had a great run at the Hurricane Cup Invitational Cup posting four shut-out victories, including a tough 2-0 semi-final battle with KC Select Rage, but lost it's offensive legs succumbing 0-2 to rival HFC Elkington in the finals. 

Merely a week following the HFC Cup loss,  TSC 97 RED met HFC Elkington again, besting them 2-1 to earn a fourth straight Oklahoma Premier League Championship.  RED won the Fall 2009 Season by going undefeated for the third time.   Over the winter RED has competed in the Tulsa Super F Futsal league and also played in the SoccerCity Tulsa Winter I indoor league winning the U14/U15 Girls Competitive division. RED was disappointed to have three inclement weather tournament cancellations over the fall/winter, including the Dallas Texans Fall Festival slated for November, the Texas Winter Classic in McKinney, TX in January (canceled after one game played ), and the local  Claremore Freedom Cup. 

97 RED continued to work hard between seasons and put their training and conditioning to the test at the Border Battle tournament held March 6-7, 2010 in Overland Park, KS.  TSC met some great competition in pool play including a hungry St. Louis JB Marine - Wipke squad, Iowa's #1 Cedar River club, and  Kansas State Champion KCFC United.  Despite minimal reserves due to absence and injuries ( including the loss of its main keeper five minutes into game one), TSC breezed through bracket play by a 12-1 margin to earn the delight of a re-match with the always tough and talented Missouri # 1 KC Select Rage.  After a defensive standoff in regulation, TSC finally snapped its PK losing streak by sinking five untouchables.  This effort coupled with stellar keeping by its former but still formidable GK, who knocked down a Rage shot, allowed TSC 97 Red to come home with gold hardware. 

TSC 97 RED, still nursing injuries, advanced to the semi-finals of the Spring Classic Invitational tournament over the Easter 2010 weekend, holding three teams scoreless in bracket play but coming up short 1-2 in the semis versus Dallas Texans North.  97 RED once again went undefeated in the Spring 2010 Oklahoma Premier League but two late season ties cost them their fifth consecutive OPL League Title.   In late May 2010, TSC 97 Red regained focus and captured its first Oklahoma State Cup Championship in dominant fashion, producing five shut-out victories and scoring an impressive 22 goals distributed amongst seven team members, including a decisive 3-0 final result versus two-time defending state champion HFC 97 Rhein (Elkington). 

The girls are savoring their State Championship succes as they look toward tryouts and extra challenge of playing both OPL and the Premier League West (PLW) in their U14 year.





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