By Nick Freimuth
The Sturgeon Bay Clippers are now two seasons removed from winning a state championship and are in a bit of a rebuilding mode. This year’s varsity roster may be one of the youngest Coach Todd Maas has ever coached. The starting lineup is littered with underclassmen and Mass said, “Our numbers are small. We struggled to make a JV team this year. The boys need to play very consistent for us to get far. Players we have are good quality. We have a young but talented crew. We’ll just have to work that much harder to get results.”
On Tuesday night, the Clippers opened the season with a 4-2 win over Wausau East. The Lumberjacks possessed the ball extremely well. Coach Maas said, “If we kept track of time of possession, I would estimate it to be 40% us and 60% them. But I thought our boys kept shape rather well, patience was key for timely tackles. Once we took over the ball, I thought our efficiency in our attacking third was better than it’s been all week. We linked up a few times and got some very nice goals.”
Sophomore Gunner Tebon scored an early goal, assisted by Jaden Stevenson. Stevenson assisted on the next goal as well to Eli Deitzel. He (Stevenson) then scored off a great header and a perfectly placed ball off a corner kick by sophomore Dylan Burk. Then Eli Deitzel smashed a ball off the near pipe and in to give the Clippers a two goal lead. Wausau East scored twice on penalty kicks.