Success in one college sport must not have been enough for Holli Erkson because this fall she’ll become a two-sport college player.
Erkson, a 2012 CCS graduate, finished her sophomore basketball season at Wells with a surprise invitation to play with the soccer team.
“I’m so lucky,” said Erkson. “This conversation is making me realize that.”
New Wells soccer coach Mara Primmer saw Erkson play a pickup soccer game and then went to one of her basketball games.
“The soccer coach emailed me after watching a basketball game and said ‘you’re fast and you’re more than welcome to play soccer for us,’” said Erkson, who said she was told she’ll probably play striker.
“I just thought, ‘OK this works, I have nothing to lose,’” continued Erkson.
Erkson said she is very excited about the season and playing for Primmer, an Oneonta native and St. Bonaventure graduate, who took on the head coaching job this past January and will look to lead the Express to their first North Eastern Athletic Conference post-season appearance since 2009.
“She played overseas and I’ve heard nothing but good things about her,” said Erkson
Erkson spent three months living and going to school in Florence, Italy last fall as part of her sophomore year.
“It was insane,” said Erkson. “I feel like it was a dream. I was so blessed to be able to travel.”
Although Erkson missed the beginning part of her sophomore basketball season while in Italy, and her stats were almost half what they were as a freshmen, she said she has no regrets and saw it all as a learning opportunity.
“It was a really hard decision because I did miss half of the season, but I’m so glad I did it,” said Erkson.
“Obviously my stats show I didn’t have the best year (last year), but seeing the games from a different point of view really made me appreciate the game and my team so much more,” continued Erkson.