It took two overtimes and two shoot out periods for the Sturgeon Bay Clippers to defeat the Central Wisconsin Christian Crusaders in a game heard live on 104.1 FM WRLU and DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
After 80 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of sudden death overtime, the game was decided by a shootout involving six players from each squad.
With the game tied at one a piece at the end of the second overtime, five players from each side were chosen to decide the match through a five player shootout. Clipper goalkeeper Caleb Owens was up to the challenge, thwarting three of the five Crusader attempts. His counterpart for CWC, Logan Ganz, was equally impressive, allowing shootout goals to only Levi Haight and O’Shea Schroedl, sending the game into a “golden goal” shootout scenario.
The Crusaders had first attempt for the “golden goal,” but the 12 yard shot sailed high and wide of the mark. Clippers’ co-captain senior midfielder Sean Sannito calmly stepped up to the PK line and put in the game winner for Sturgeon Bay. When asked after the game about the goal, Sannito told 104.1 FM WRLU that he did not really overthink the moment and in fact was joking with the referee just seconds before sending his team to the state tournament. This will be the third appearance at State for the Clippers in the last four years.
The Crusaders controlled the action for the majority of regulation play. After numerous scoring opportunities for CWC, Travis DeGroot was able to score off a corner kick assist from teammate Luke Jansen. This thin 1-0 lead held well in to the second half until the Clippers were finally able to score in the 69th minute of regulation.
The tying goal came off the head of senior forward Robert “the little train that could” Desotelle. The assist was off an arching corner kick from senior co-captain Jesus Meija. This energized the entire Clipper squad and more than 200 faithful who made the trip down to Waupun.
From that point on, the Clippers dominated play but were not able to put the Crusaders away in regulation or overtime. That sweet moment would have to wait until Sannito’s game winning golden goal.
Sturgeon Bay advances to play University School in the WIAA Division 4 state semi-finals on Thursday, October 31st at Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee. The game will be heard on 104.1 FM WRLU and steamed online at DoorCountyDailyNews.com, with pre-game beginning at 11:30 a.m. and opening tap set for high noon.
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