Holmen Soccer defining ‘Turnaround Season’

Lost 50 games in previous three seasons

Over the past three years, the Holmen Vikings soccer team only had one win in conference, midway through this season, they already have five.

You could say the success is thanks to some much needed experience – both on and off the field.

Senior Corey Andrews was born in England, and has since moved all over the world until finding a home in Holmen three years ago.  Chris Oppermann is a foreign exchange student from Germany.

Andrews and Oppermann are a duo that have learned the game of soccer differently than anyone else in a Vikings uniform.

“I always watched my brother playing growing up and he played in Europe, European cups and stuff like that,” said Andrews.

“In Germany, it’s more the passing what’s important but here it’s more athletically,” said Oppermann.

Each bring their own set of skills to the field.  Oppermann on offense:

“We finally got him into practice, the first hour it was pretty clear that technically, tactically, he as sound as any player I’ve ever seen in this area in twenty years,” said head coach Andy Olson.

Andrews on defense:

“Quite honestly, he’s the heart and soul of the team, if something needs to be said about picking up play, he’s going to be the guy that’s going to say it, he’s going to lead it by example on the field,” said Olson.

Two difference makers, with one goal mind: proving this turnaround season is more than just another soccer flop.

“The culture is pretty good in this case so we can play together with different cultures and it’s maybe better than play only with Americans,” said Oppermann.

“I think we’re the best team in conference still, I’m excited to see how far we can go,” said Andrews.

“We’ve been close to having break through seasons but we didn’t have enough depth, I mean you get a couple of these guys coming in and we’re just relieved to have enough quality players on the field to find success,” said Olson.

Holmen has five games left on their schedule with their final game coming against the number one team in the Mississippi Valley Conference, the Onalaska Hilltoppers.