Rider's Okeke Signs with Bradley Soccer

Rider High School has had about half a dozen athletes sign to play Division I sports this school year, from football and volleyball to track and softball.

Thursday, they added soccer to that list as one of Texoma's best athletes signed on the dotted line.

Christian Okeke signed to play soccer at Bradley University, which is in North-Central Illinois.

The Braves compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, and while they might be best known for basketball, they're also a power in soccer. They've sent at least nine players on to the professional level.

Okeke himself has only played at Rider the past two seasons after being home-schooled and playing club ball, but he has scored more than thirty goals each year.

He helped lead the Raiders to the state championship game last year!

He said his time at Rider has made a big difference in his life.

"I mean, it's been great," Okeke said. "It's been really fun and I've liked the people a lot. It's helped me get better as a soccer player and as a person."

"Christian's been invaluable to the program this year," Rider coach Josh Hill said. "Not only the seventy goals he's scored--and counting--but just his leadership. The way he carries himself on and off the field have been unbelievable."

Hill also said getting the decision out of the way early will help Okeke focus on the playoffs.

"For any high school kid, they're always worried about where I'm going to go to school, if they're going to play a sport or if they're not. For him to get that out of the way now, it is kind of like a huge burden lifted off his shoulders, so I think now it's all focus is on the playoffs and we're ready to go."

Okeke and the Raiders close out the regular season Friday night against rival Wichita Falls High School.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 at Memorial Stadium. The girls will start at 5:00 p.m.