HONOLULU HAWAII - The Somerset Hills is sending some talented scholar-athletes to college this month, and one of them has already made her mark in the NCAA. Peapack-Gladstone resident Alana Cook scored the game winning goal as the third ranked Stanford Cardinal won their Womens Soccer season opener against the University of Hawaii, 2-1.
Cook, a freshman, played her prep soccer at the Pennington School, where she had a storied prep and club career before committing to Stanford. In addition to playing for the Cardinal, Cook is a member of the United States team that is preparing for the 2016 Under-20 World Cup. She starts for Stanford on defense.
Stanford fell behind in the first minute of play, but dominated play for the remainder of the game. Stanford tied the game late in the second half. Cook scored her first collegiate goal at the 80 minute mark. Her goal put Stanford ahead to stay.
Stanford will play 19th ranked Brigham Young University on Monday in Honolulu.