Meet the 2016-17 Men’s Soccer Captains: Theo Hooker and Soren Frykholm

Being a team captain means leading by example, both on and off the field. It means showing up early and putting in extra time. Most importantly, it means putting the team first. Thankfully for the men’s soccer team, junior Theo Hooker and senior Soren Frykholm are unbelievably qualified for the job.

Both Hooker and Frykholm have played soccer all their lives, but neither planned to one day be the captain of their collegiate team. The rest of the team decides captains at the end of the fall season. Each player is allowed to cast two votes, and once the captains are chosen, they begin guiding the team throughout the spring and into the following season. According to Frykholm, it was an unexpected honor to be chosen.

Being team captain is a huge responsibility, and Head Coach Scott Palguta expects maturity, dedication, and responsibility from his captains.

“Obviously, as captains their words need to follow their actions,” Palguta said. “I want them to continue to do what they’ve done since they got here.”

According to Palguta, although both captains are nice guys, they are expected to be tough on their teammates. “We want them to be ruthless, read between the lines and call guys out if they see something that’s not right,” Palguta said. He is looking for the captains to set high standards for the team and then to confront players if they aren’t performing up to par.

Frykholm admits that this is a challenge for him.

“I’m definitely not the fire underneath you kind of captain. I’m not the guy who is going to give a crazy emotional speech before we go out to battle,” he said. “Quiet leadership is more my style.” Frykholm, however, brings a lot to the table with his quiet leadership. He is always levelheaded, composed, and able to connect well one-on-one with other players.

Hooker echoes that Frykholm is great with relating to how the team feels.

“Soren is always emotionally in tune with all the players,” Hooker said. “He is always very calm and levelheaded. It’s really helpful to have that, especially if I’m getting carried away, he can always focus people.”

Frykholm empathizes with and prioritizes his teammates because that’s what he feels being a captain is all about. While having the captain arm band is pretty sweet, it carries an added responsibility for someone who transferred to Colorado College. “Because I transferred here, the other seniors have been here longer than I have,” he said. “It is extremely important to me to share the voice with the other seniors.”

While Frykholm prides himself on consulting with the other seniors on the team, Hooker is proud of the analytical perspective he brings to the table.

“Being goalie, I am removed from a lot of the play, so I may only touch the ball 10-15 times a game, which isn’t that much,” Hooker said. “So I have this outsider per-spective on what is going on on the field. I bring that analytical side to the game—how can we improve, how can we do better, just by observing.”

Hooker also acknowledged that his role as goalie is making sure the team communicates. Hooker has always had an interest in being an active member of the team, and to his teammates, he is more than just a team leader.

“Theo brings a lot to the table,” Frykholm said of his co-captain. “He is probably the most valuable player on the team.”

Senior Christian Wulff also emphasized Hooker’s importance on the field. “Theo is hands-down the best keeper in the League and region,” Wulff said. “The whole game changes when you have a great keeper.”

Hooker is humble about his role on the team “It doesn’t take that much talent to be captain, but it does take a lot of mental focus,” he said.

Frykholm agreed that mental focus is vital, and added that being a captain is very much a challenge for him. “I’ve been a captain before, and it’s never easy for me, I’m not sure why,” Frykholm said. “But it’s a fun challenge and I really enjoy it.”

According to junior Sam Markin, the whole team highly respects and admires both captains.

“They work together the best they can to lead our talented team, and they genu-inely care about everyone on the team,” Markin said. “People trust them and know that they will always have their back with whatever might come up. They are great friends of mine, and I’m proud to call them my captains.”

Head Coach Palguta and the rest of the team say they are looking forward to an incredible season led by Frykholm and Hooker.

Theo Hooker

Grade: Junior

Major: Mathematical Economics

Position: Goalie

Favorite post soccer meal: When at

school I’m a big fan of going to Rastall

and eating until it hurts to move

Favorite TV show: [I] Don’t watch much

TV, but I love any nature documentary

(Planet Earth, Life, etc.)

Top Travel Destination: New Zealand

Favorite CC Class: Ah so many! I think

the class I’m taking this block will b

awesome! It’s called the Mathematical

Economics of Addiction.

Soren Frykholm

Grade: Senior

Major: Romance languages with a

Journalism minor

Position: Midfielder

Favorite post soccer meal: Chipotle

Favorite TV Show: Downton Abbey

Top Travel Destination: India

Favorite CC Class: I’d say Music Theory

was my favorite.

Samantha Gilbert

Samantha Gilbert

Samantha is a senior film and media major, feminist and gender studies minor and also a sprinter on CCs track and field team. She fell in love with journalism in highschool and worked as the editor in chief of her high school paper, then wrote for the sports section for 3 years before becoming sports editor this year. In her free time, Samantha loves cooking, creating and connecting. Traveling the world, working on a documentary crew, and constantly striving for holistic health and wellness are things that motivate her everyday. She is inspired by the power of written words, and is currently very curious about the political sports world, as today sports are a platform for political activism more so than ever before.
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