By Nick Freimuth
Sturgeon Bay Soccer had an opportunity last weekend to play on the nicest artificial playing surface soccer field in Northeast Wisconsin. The Clippers shutout Rice Lake to move to (3-0) on the season with a 1-0 win Saturday.
Sturgeon Bay Coach Todd Maas said, “Rice Lake has been down to State a couple times in the past few years. Making this a quality opponent for us to play for one of our non conference games. I thought the guys played pretty well over all. We got the result we were looking for, but we need to clean a bunch of things up. Our turnover total for the game was horrendous. This is a major thing we need to fix. Can’t give up the ball so easily. In our defensive 3rd we need to close quicker and harder and really push the offense to go where we want the to go. Our offense did good, creating a number of opportunities to put the ball away. Just need to convert a few more times. Or even put the ball on frame so we can catch some rebounds and second balls.”
Sophomore Gunnar Tebon scored his second goal of the season for the Clippers. His game winner came off a beautiful Jaden Stevenson assist. Maas said, “Jaden played the ball through some traffic to get Gunner on the run. A couple misfortunes from two of Rice Lakes defenders and Gunner comes out on the back side with the ball at his feet. I like Gunners composure to get his head up and see where the charging goalie was coming from and nicely tucks the ball away near post.”
The one-time state championship coach Todd Maas feels his team is heading in the right direction. “Over all though the guys played hard. It was good clean game, and a great day to play on some turf to get the boys more familiar with that playing surface. We have a ton of things to work on in practice and get these guys ready for the grind of the season. But I like the results of our first three games.”
The Clippers next play at Algoma Thursday at 6:30 PM.