The Oklahoma Energy FC 98 boys team was not short on talent, with 14 out of 18 members of the team signing with college teams around the nation. Though individually this team was great, but together, they were outstanding. Daryl Dike, a center forward headed to Virginia on a soccer scholarship this fall, was a huge piece of this team’s success.
Dike originally found his love for soccer through his brother and sister, both members of NCAA soccer teams and Oklahoma Football Club.
“I enjoy playing with my teammates,” Dike said. “I’m better with my feet than my hands, and it’s just fun to score goals and practice. I enjoy everything about it.”
Dike played his entire youth career with Oklahoma Football Club and eventually OEFC as a member of the 98 boys top team. This past year, he became a member of the 99 boys top team, also coached by Jesse Faily.
“Daryl Dike is not only the most athletically gifted player that I have ever coached in 14 years in Oklahoma, but one of the nicest,” Faily said. “He is hardworking and on top of being gifted with size and strength, he is a sponge when you give him instructions. Daryl is a kid that will no doubt have success at the next level but also could play at the highest level in our country.”
“The coaches at OEFC don’t just necessarily teach you how to be a better soccer player; they teach you how to be a better person,” Dike said. “They teach you how to reach your goals and be a man. That’s definitely something coach Faily taught me.”
Dike and his 98 team were one of the most successful OEFC teams in the club, winning state many times and playing in the highest league of soccer. This team also made it to nationals in 2017 after winning regionals.
“It was our last year to play together and we were all really close, so we just went out and made it as fun as possible,” Dike said. “We worked extremely hard to win regionals and no one expected us to make it nationals. It was a great experience.”
It was at nationals when Dike’s journey to Virginia began.
“I went to visit UVA, and I really loved the coaches there, the facilities and the team,” Dike said. “They started talking to me at regionals and then they contacted me to say that they would be watching me at nationals. No pressure. I was super nervous, but everything fell into place.”
Dike credits OEFC for preparing him for college soccer.
“They definitely prepared me with the skill sets to succeed on the athletic level,” Dike said. “They also prepared me to be a good college student and a good person.”
Dike begins his journey at UVA this month, as he represents OEFC at one of the highest stages of soccer in the United States.