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Former Cowgirl Soccer Great Back In Action With Nigeria

STILLWATER – One of Oklahoma State’s most decorated soccer players is returning to the pitch for the Nigeria Women’s National Team as Courtney Dike has joined the Super Falcons for a friendly against France Wednesday in Paris.
 
Dike starred for the Cowgirls from 2013-16 and made history as the first-ever Oklahoman to play in a Women’s World Cup when she earned two caps at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. During the group stage, she earned a start at forward against the United States, the eventual World Cup champion, and played 56 minutes in the match.
 
Born in Oklahoma City and raised in Edmond, Okla. (her parents, Vincent and Jacinta, are natives of Nigeria), Dike was also a starter on the Nigerian team that was runner up at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup. She played in six games with the Falconets and scored two goals.
 
“We are so proud of Courtney and all of her accomplishments with the Nigeria National Team,” said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael. “I know that she is very excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to compete against a great team like France. We will definitely be cheering her on from Oklahoma.”
 
At OSU, Dike finished her career fourth in program history with 31 goals and also ranked fifth in assists (21) and third in points (83). She was a four-time All-Big 12 Conference selection and capped her career by being named the 2016 Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Nigeria is the only African team to have played in all of the Women’s World Cup tournaments since 1991; the next FIFA Women’s World Cup is in 2019 in France.

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