By Nick Freimuth
Likely the biggest home game of the year for Sturgeon Bay Soccer lived up to the hype Monday night. The Clippers lost to Notre Dame 2-1 in a very well played game by both sides. Coach Todd Maas filed the following report:
Notre Dame gained momentum early and really put the pressure on after they scored off a corner kick that was headed into the net. After that it took us a little bit to ride the emotional wave and get back into the game. Consistency is our biggest nemesis right now. We will have a wonderful sequence of passes that lead us all around the field and get us an opportunity to score in the end. The very next possession we turn the ball back over on the first or second pass. I know we have a very young crew right now, but these guys know better.
When we do things correctly we do very well. So the potential is there, which is good things to see. Games like this are great for these guys to learn from. I absolutely hate losing right with the rest of our coaching staff and team. But if we don’t learn from our mistakes, it makes it even worse. I have confidence in this crew that we can do great things. It’s going to take hard work in practice and execution during the games, but I know we can get there.
Notre Dame scored on another shot from outside the 18 that was redirected off one of our own guys. Nothing really our keeper can do about that. We just need to better to get in front of all shots taken. We did get numerous opportunities to put a few goals in, just couldn’t capitalize. Finally with less than five minutes to play we score off a restart that finds Eli with a touch pass to Jaden Stevenson who puts it away to get back to a one goal game. The next few minutes were crazy fast paced. We actually had a couple more looks just could put the final piece together.
It was a well fought game. Notre Dame was well organized and stuck to their game plan. Hats off to Coach Rickerts and his crew, they played a good match. We have a very busy week with another conference game coming on Thursday at home. Then we play in a weekend quad against much larger schools. This is where we grow as a team and have each other’s backs to get better results. I want to thank everyone for coming out to support these guys. They work hard and it’s greatly appreciated. – Coach Todd Maas