One inch taller, ten pounds heavier, and a captain’s armband to boot. It’s fair to say Axel Johansson’s sophomore season was all about growth. The highly rated defender from Jävrebyn, Sweden came into the season full of confidence and ready to go after some stellar freshman performances. He had a years-experience in the Appalachian Athletic Conference under his belt, and knew what was required of him and the team. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving at Bluefield in August, Axel developed an injury which would rule him out of action until the middle of September.