The Vikings entered the game four points back from first place in the MVC, and a win would put them only one point behind West Salem.
"The primary focus this year is to win conference, and yes we were both undefeated coming into tonight game, but we knew that tonight if we wanted to win conference or to make that step towards winning conference, we needed to win," Head Coach Guy Turner said. " A tie was not going to be able to suffice."Holmen did just that starting with two early goes, a focus for the vikings this year.
" The first five and last five are the majority of goals being scored in any half of soccer so coming out and getting something in the early minutes allows our team to understand and build confidence," Turner said. That confidence didn't stop there. Captain Jacob Clements had two more goals leading Holmen to a 6-0 win.
"It's like my dream come true," Clements said. "It's really fun. I have been watching high school soccer growing up, and now it's my turn to do that, it feels great."
The defense did their part shutting out the number one team and holding them to only five shots on goal.
" Even before tonight, I don't think six nothing was on their radar," Turner said. "I think the zero was what we were aiming for and because we couldn't lose if we had a shut out here this evening so our defense was incredible. They stepped together. We had a couple of transitions, but otherwise it was a fantastic performance on the defensive end tonight."
Holmen now has four games remaining in the regular season.
" We can't let up," Clements said. "We have to push through and still put in a bunch of goals and keep clean sheets."The vikings have a chance to make history this year
" Holmen has never been to state, Holmen has never even been to sectionals," Turner said. "We have never won conference. There is a lot of monkeys on our back right now, and I think we are ready to shed those and state that western Wisconsin and Holmen Wisconsin is a place that puts out quality soccer players."
" Right now we are focusing on winning the MVC, but besides that yeah I have a good feeling with this team," Clements said. Holmen plays host to Tomah next Tuesday in hopes of continuing their run.