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June 28, 2014

‘Chasing Goals’

Cook, Dake ready to electrify Tulsa Golden Hurricane soccer

CLAREMORE — Since they were 6-years-old, Claremore’s Tana Dake and Tulsa’s Carlie Cook have been ‘chasing goals’ and ‘scoring goals’ on the soccer field.

Dake and Cook have been long-time friends since their childhood days of playing for the Claremore Fury and later on in the Tulsa Hurricane Academy.

While taking those car-rides back-and-forth from Claremore to Tulsa, dreams were being created that years later would lead to scholarship offers to continue their soccer careers at the University of Tulsa.

“It’s a dream come true,” according to Cook. “I had originally committed to ORU during my sophomore year, but once Tana made it her choice, it only seemed right that both of us would end up there.”

For the quick-footed, scoring sensation (Cook), playing for and attending her mom’s alma-mater — Tulsa — is the perfect fit.

“The academics are top-notch, and the college atmosphere at Tulsa was more appealing to me. Plus, my mom being a graduate from Tulsa was a big reason,” Cook said.

Lori Cook, Carlie’s mom, said ever since she could remember, she’s always wanted Carlie to go to Tulsa.

“Tulsa’s such a great academic school, and Carlie really wants to become a petroleum engineer,” Lori Cook said. “Being able to play soccer there is just the icing on the cake.”

Dake, meanwhile, agreed with Cook that the academics were a huge reason in her decision to attend Tulsa.

“My parents have always stressed academics to me, and making good grades,” Dake said. “Tulsa provides me with a school known for their academics and engineering.”

The two All-State standouts — Dake from Class 4A Claremore Sequoyah and Cook from Class 5A Cascia Hall — are ready to electrify the Tulsa Golden Hurricane offense.

Dake, a center-mid forward for Sequoyah, tallied 35 goals as a senior with seven assists.

In the All-State game, alongside Verdigris forward Caitlyn Hanslovan, Dake scored a hat trick with three goals to close out her prep career.

Dake said over the past four years at Sequoyah, she’s scored at least 90 goals.

The four-year starter has an eye for the net, and according to Cook, is very strong with the ball.

“Tana’s skills are impressive. She never loses the ball, even with five people around her,” Cook said.

Cook, who started her prep career at Claremore High School as a freshman and sophomore, scored 92 career goals with 28 assists.

After playing for Robin Sutherland at Claremore, Cook made the transition to Cascia Hall where she raised the level of the Commandoes girls soccer program.

“Carlie’s so fast, not many people can catch her,” Dake said. “She’s also very competitive and aggressive on offense.”

On the field, Cook added that she and Dake feed off one another.

“We know where we are suppose to be on the field without looking up,” Cook said.

That instant chemistry formed at an early age has since paid large dividends for Tulsa’s new ‘scoring machines’.

“We’ve played against the best players in the nation, and we’re ready to take our game to Tulsa,” Cook said. “It’s going to be so exciting to play the next four years with Tana.”

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