In Heaven, there is no beer

Cody Smith

The senior from Urbandale, IA started playing the game she loves at a young age, but when asked why she started playing she replied with, “because every kid played so I thought I would try it.” Cook quickly started to love playing and has never stopped since. Although Hannah was a multisport athlete in high school, playing basketball and soccer, there was never any doubt that she was bound to play soccer in college. She was a four time letter winner at Waukee High School earning all conference honors three years and finishing third in the state in 3A in assists her sophomore year. To increase exposure to coaches Cook started playing in showcase tournaments all of the Midwest. After being seen by the MSSU coaches she was offered to come for a visit and knew it was the right fit right away. “I knew I wanted to be somewhat far from home, and when I came on my visit all the girls were really nice. It just made me feel really comfortable here.” In her first three years she has appeared in 45 games, not missing a single game last year, and also finished 3rd on the team in scoring. So far this year Cook has started in every game for the Lions with a .500 shot on goal percentage. Her favorite memory as a Lion came back in 2013 when the Lions defeated rival, Central Missouri at their home field ruining their undefeated conference record and the schools longest home game win streak. “It’s always awesome to win a game, but there was so much emotion on the field that day that it felt a lot more intense.”

            Hannah’s goals for this year’s season are to finish with a better record than last year’s team, and make the conference tournament in November. “More of a personal goal is to score more and maybe give myself a chance to make the all-conference team, but most the most important thing is just winning.”

            Outside of Soccer Hannah’s favorite things are shopping, and supporting her state’s team, The Iowa Hawkeyes. She also enjoys traveling and going to professional soccer game. She is studying to become a Dental Hygienist and plans to head back to Iowa after graduating in the spring to pursue her career goals. “I’m going to miss it, I played for 17 years, and being able to play at the college level was a good experience and I’m thankful for the opportunity. I have made so many life long friendships and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”