Air Force kicker has a calm confidence

October 28, 2009
photo - Air Force kicker Erik Soderberg has made 77.3 percent of her kicks. Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE
Air Force kicker Erik Soderberg has made 77.3 percent of her kicks. Photo by KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE 

When Erik Soderberg lined up a potential game-tying field goal late in Air Force’s game at Utah last Saturday, the sophomore felt differently than he had on previous attempts in his short tenure as the Falcons’ kicker.

“For the first time I had that feeling like, ‘All right, I’m just going to go out here and make it and then go do the kickoff,’” he said. “Instead of worrying about my steps and stuff, in my head I was just like, ‘All right, let’s go make this.’”

Make it he did, drilling a 48-yarder to tie the game and send it, eventually, to overtime.

Soderberg credited the experience he has gained for his calm confidence. He hadn’t attempted a field goal before this season and entered the preseason listed third on the depth chart at kicker. But he won the job and the difficult task of replacing Ryan Harrison.

Through eight games, he’s made 17-of-22 attempts, giving him a better percentage (77.3) than Harrison had in his first year as a starter (70.4 in 2007).

One of Soderberg’s misses, of course, was in overtime of the 16-13 loss to Navy.

Soderberg said he’s tried to forget about the miss with the help of teammates — “Everyone was just real supportive, making sure I wasn’t beating myself up or anything,” he said. But he hasn’t forgotten the experience “of being in that kind of situation — pressure, game on the line.”

“You learn from it and just stay more focused,” he said. “Make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

See our blog at

Comment Policy

LoginORRegister To receive a better ad experience

Learn more
You are reading 0 of your of 0 free premium stories for this month read

Register Today To get to up to 4 more free stories each and every month

  • Get access to commenting on articles
  • Access to 4 more premium pieces of content!
  • See fewer annoying advertisements
We hope you enjoyed your 4 free premium stories
Continue reading now by logging in or registering
Register Now
Already registered? Login Now