By Bob Desotelle Dick Clark Field in Sturgeon Bay was the site of yet another classic battle between host Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol/Gibraltar Thursday. In this game Sturgeon Bay came out strong with two goals in the first 35 minutes, but a determined Sevastopol team keep the game close with good defense going into halftime tied. Early in the second half, Sevastopol/Gibraltar was awarded a PK, cutting the margin to one goal. In the 70th minute, a red card on Sturgeon Bay forced the Clippers to play down a player. Sevastopol’s aggressive play pushed the Clippers defense repeatedly, but in the end Sturgeon Bay prevailed and won 2-1.
“This was a classic match for our teams. I was impressed with the determination Sevastopol demonstrated tonight. They are a really tough team. However, our defense has been the backbone of our team all year. They have surrendered only three goals in conference this season and playing down a player tonight showed me their toughness yet again. When we play New Holstein in our Regional match next Thursday, they will certainly be tested. Our center backs, Gracen Spritka and Caitlyn Smith were outstanding all night. They worked tirelessly with Keeper McKenna Gibson and allowed only 3 shots on goal. They were supported by Holding Mid Fielders Ella Pinkert and Georgia Feldman who controlled the goal scoring area. Georgia was playing on a bad ankle and turned up the heat late In the game to help seal the win. She is a very tough and talented player. Finally, both our goals were scored by freshmen tonight. Carlie Wodack and Miranda Olson scored in the first half to give the Clippers their first Conference Championship in probably five years. Super proud of every player’s effort tonight. To win with 10 players was quite an accomplishment.” The win puts Sturgeon Bay at (5-0) in the Packerland Conference. Sturgeon Bay plays its final home game of the year next Tuesday against NEW.