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High school soccer: Edmond North's Courtney Dike wants the winning feeling again

For the first time in three years, the Huskies lost a state championship game. It's a feeling Dike doesn't want to experience again.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 29, 2013

Courtney Dike walked off the field after last year's state championship soccer game with an unusual feeling.

For the first time in her three years as a starter for Edmond North, the Lady Huskies had lost in the title game.

“I was so used to winning,” said Dike (pronounced DEE-KAY). “It made me realize, ‘you can lose.' It was pretty sad.”

Now a senior, Dike will try to lead Edmond North to its third girls state soccer title in four years as the Lady Huskies begin the 6A playoffs Tuesday night at home against Bishop McGuinness.

Dike is widely considered the best girls high school player in the state. She has signed with Oklahoma State University to play soccer.

“I think she is hands down the best player in the state,” said Edmond North coach Meagan Anderson, who is in her fourth year with the Lady Huskies but first as head coach.

“She is just so dynamic. She can change a game. She has two different goals this year going from one end to the other in less than 15 seconds.

“She is definitely the offensive player of the year for us. She is a game changer. She wants the ball in her hands. She wants the ball in the last minute of the game. She is that type of player.”

Dike made a big splash in high school soccer her freshmen season, scoring 27 goals for Edmond North and leading the Lady Huskies to the state championship.

Her goal scoring has declined each year, in part because Edmond North's opponents game plan more and more against her.

“It's always been tough (to score) but now there is a lot more pressure on me,” Dike said. “It just makes me work harder to get to the goal. If I get double teamed that's OK. It just means someone else is open.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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