The score of today’s chilly match between Energy FC’s first team plus trialists and Oklahoma Energy FC’s ’99 Boys team didn’t matter much. As expected, the first team and trialists controlled the pace of play. What mattered was the opportunity for OEFC players to play against the grown men of the first team and test how their skills match up and perhaps show what they can aspire to be.
None more so than the players from the match that recently signed letters of intent to play at universities across Oklahoma and across the U.S. Wednesday, 44 OEFC players signed letters of intent to play at 27 different schools.
Darryl Dike is one of those players. The forward signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Virginia. Saturday, he played the first half against the Energy FC first team and much of the second half with the Energy FC trialists. Dike scored a goal while playing with the trialists.
“It’s exciting and good to play against the first team,” said Dike. “Going to UVA is going to be a big step forward and everything is going to be a lot faster and a lot better players. It’s good to get me introduced to some of that play.”
Dike continued, “It’s good to be able to play against those players. Even for the younger guys, it gives them something to play for and try to get on some of the higher level teams against older players.”
Energy FC’s preseason training continues this week followed by the next preseason match next Saturday against SMU. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex, is open to the public and is free to attend.
Energy FC soccer is a fun way to spend time with your family and is something fun to do in Oklahoma City. The home opener is Saturday, March 17 against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC.