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From wdor.com:

Clippers Win Opener

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Chad Michaels


The Sturgeon Bay soccer team opened the 2012 season with a 6-3 win at Fox Valley Lutheran on Tuesday. Reid Stevenson scored 3 goals, Will Kitchens added 2 and Erik Elliot also scored for the Clippers. David Van Dreese had 8 saves for Sturgeon Bay. The Clippers play their home opener vs Saint Mary Central at 6:30 on Thursday.

http://www.wdor.com/sports/clippers-win-opener/
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Door County Advocate Boys Soccer Preview:

Boys soccer preview: Clippers again the target in conference
Vikings, Eagles hope to challenge four-time defending champ Sturgeon Bay

Steve Grantham is the new head coach of the Southern Door High School varsity boys soccer team, but he?s well aware of the primary goal going into the 2012 season.

?Beat Sturgeon Bay,? he said, not only fully aware of the natural rivalry but what such a victory would mean for a developing program like Southern Door?s.

Beating Sturgeon Bay will be the primary goal of every team in the Packerland Conference this season as the Clippers have established a dynasty, winning the past four conference titles and state tournament berths the past two seasons.

But a victory over Sturgeon Bay won?t be easy as the Clippers again appear to be the favorite in the Packerland field.

Sturgeon Bay
Sturgeon Bay coach Todd Maas has continued to build a strong tradition that has permitted the team to repeatedly overcome significant graduation losses. A year ago, Sturgeon Bay?s chances at a Packerland three-peat appeared to have taken a significant hit when Maas was forced to find replacements for lost talent. All the Clippers did was post a 15-1 league mark and return to the WIAA state tournament.

?I?m not one to look at numbers and stats,? said Maas, preferring to downplay the impressive numbers. But he knows other teams do look at them. ?We know we?re not going to be flying under the radar.?

The Clippers appear well-equipped to confront what Maas realizes will be a challenging season, one that gets underway Tuesday with a significant nonconference game at Fox Valley Lutheran, another state qualifying team from the past two seasons.

?I?m really happy we have them on the schedule,? said Maas. ?I?m just not sure I want them the first game.?
Maas has eight of his 11 starters back, although lost are first team all-conference selections Ben Felhofer and Austin DeMeuse, who was the Packerland?s Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite the loss of DeMeuse, the Clippers should again be strong on defense as senior David VanDreese returns in goal after taking over the goaltending duties from his brother last year. VanDreese grew stronger as the season went along and was especially effective in the team?s state tournament run.

Also on the defensive end, senior Thomas Stasiak is back after earning second-team all-conference honors last year. He will again be joined by senior Zachery Meredith.

Senior Zach Owens also was a second-team selection, and he returns to his midfield spot with senior Will Kitchens, junior Jesus Mejia and sophomore Brady Lenius.

But Sturgeon Bay?s key returnee may be junior forward Reid Stevenson, a first-team all-conference pick and one of the most potent offensive threats in the league.

?Overall, I think we?re pretty balanced,? said Maas. ?I?m happy with our numbers and where we are.?

Gibraltar/Sevastopol
After serving as an assistant coach for the past three seasons, Joe Warner takes over as head coach at Gibraltar/Sevastopol, and it is evident that he?s thrilled by the promotion.

?I?m really excited to see this team develop,? he said. ?It?s a bit of a changing of the guard for this team.?

By anyone?s measuring stick, the program had a successful season last year, finishing third in the conference with a 10-5-1 record. But the top talent from that team has graduated, including first team all-Packerland picks Sammy Johnson and Eddi Neri.

?We had some skilled players we revolved around,? said Warner, who by no means is down playing the talent on this year?s squad, as youth will blend with experience to produce a deeper, more well-rounded squad. ?This year we have the ability to spread more players around the field.?

The reason for it is an infusion of talented young players.

?We have a great crop of freshmen coming in,? said Warner, counting seven in all. ?Everyone has played some select-team ball (during the offseason), and because of that we haven?t had to go back to the basics and have been able to jump right into the game and tactics of soccer.?

Varsity experience comes in the form of senior goaltender Sam Potier, with additional experience on the defensive end from Brandon Thornton and Brady DeMain.

State track sprinter Andrew Peot and Xavier Martinez return at forward along with midfielders D.J. Sitte and Burke Minahan

Southern Door
Grantham takes over a Southern Door program that struggled to a 1-15 record in conference play last year. Lucas Stabenau, the team?s top player and a second-team all-conference pick last year, has graduated, but Grantham hopes to have an ace in the hole.

No less than five players gained experience as freshmen last year and are back, led by goaltender Adam Guilette. The other four sophomores are Joseph Mohr, Noah Funnel, Eli LaVine and Brent Price.

They?ll be counted on significantly, since there is a lack of experience in the older grades, with Austin Funnell and Zach Kroening being the only experienced seniors and Ethan Werkheiser the lone junior.

?Our goal is to score goals,? said Grantham, who doesn?t lack for experience along his front line. ?But you win with defense.?

Grantham, whose coaching experience comes at the youth development level, said his philosophy is simple.
?I play them where they need to play and allow them to excel,? he said. ?We?ve got a nice blend of experience and youth. I think we?ll be able to compete and grow at the same time.?
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From wdor.com:

Clippers Win Opener

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Chad Michaels


The Sturgeon Bay soccer team opened the 2012 season with a 6-3 win at Fox Valley Lutheran on Tuesday. Reid Stevenson scored 3 goals, Will Kitchens added 2 and Erik Elliot also scored for the Clippers. David Van Dreese had 8 saves for Sturgeon Bay. The Clippers play their home opener vs Saint Mary Central at 6:30 on Thursday.

http://www.wdor.com/sports/clippers-win-opener/
Door County Advocate Summary (http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120815/ADV02/308150147/Soccer-Big-opener-Clippers):

Soccer: Big opener for Clippers

Sturgeon Bay opened the high school boys soccer season with a bang.

The Clippers beat Fox Valley Lutheran, 6-3, Tuesday in Appleton in a nonconference game featuring two teams that qualified for the Division 2 state tournament last season.

?They?ve been to state each of the past three years, so this was a pretty big win for us,? said Clippers coach Todd Maas. ?When our seniors were freshmen, they lost to FVL in a tournament 11-1. I think the kids are a little bit jacked up.?

Reid Stevenson scored three first-half goals for the Clippers, who led 3-2 at halftime. Goalkeeper David VanDreese had assists on two of the goals by clearing the ball with booming punts across midfield to Stevenson, who then beat the defense down the field.

?That doesn?t happen very often. That?s crazy,? said Maas. ?But it?s nice to see, because we can use that as an offensive set.?

The Clippers padded their lead in the second half with two goals by Will Kitchens and one by Eric Elliott.

?We played some very good ball at times and we were a little sloppy at other times,? said Maas. ?We missed four open shots on goal, so we have some things to clean up. But overall, I?m very happy.?

Sturgeon Bay had 16 shots on goal to FVL?s 10. VanDreese had eight saves.

Alec Noffke, John Keith and Jason Malkowski scored goals for the Foxes, with two of them coming off of penalty kicks.

Sturgeon Bay opens the Packerland Conference season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at home against St. Mary Central.
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went to the new lutheran vs algoma soccer game today

new lutheran started the game playing very sloppy and algoma came ready to play. this lead to an algoma goal less than 5 minutes into the first half (or around there anyway). algoma continued to play well during the first half and new lutheran began playing better as well and managed to tie the game up and went into halftime with a 1-1 tie.

the second half was another story however and new lutheran dominated scoring 4 goals to win 5-1.

idk who scored the algoma goal or the first NEW goal.

if i remember correctly sam schaefer scored the 2nd new goal and the 4th new goal.

i believe the 3rd new goal was scored by grant glodoski on a header.

and the 5th new goal was scored by caleb benz on a penalty kick after he got taken down in the box.

edit: heres the write up from gbpg which fills in the holes that i had in my recap for who scored the goals

green bay press gazette wrote:
N.E.W. Lutheran 5, Algoma 1

Sam Schaefer netted a hat-trick as host N.E.W. Lutheran won its first game of the year.

Grant Glodoski and Caleb Benz each scored once for the Blazers.

Trey McAfee scored the only goal for Algoma.
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a write up from the green bay press gazette on how the new lutheran blazers did at the central wisconsin christian tournament this weekend.

N.E.W. Lutheran went 3-0 to win the Central Wisconsin Christian Crusader Kick-Off Classic in Waupun, defeating Marshfield Columbus on Friday 6-2 before beating Waupun 3-1 and Central Wisconsin Christian 5-1 in the championship match on Saturday.

In the championship match, Sam Brock scored twice and Nathaniel Schaefer, Sam Schaefer and Grant Glodoski had one goal apiece for the Blazers (4-0, 1-0).

Against Waupun, Caleb Benz, Sam Schaefer and Brock each scored once.
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Door County Advocate Recap of Thursday's Games:

Sturgeon Bay shut out St. Mary Central, 6-0, Thursday and is off and running in its quest for a fifth consecutive Packerland Conference high school soccer championship.

In other conference openers, Kewaunee beat Southern Door, 6-1; and Roncalli defeated Gibraltar/Sevastopol, 2-0.

? AT STURGEON BAY: Reid Stevenson scored three goals to lead Sturgeon Bay?s rout of St. Mary Central.

Will Kitchens, Joey Glasheen and Jesus Mejia also scored for the Clippers, who improved to 2-0 overall.

?We played a lot more soundly as a team than we did (Tuesday) against Fox Valley Lutheran,? said Clippers coach Todd Maas. ?We controlled the ball more and connected on our passes. There are still a lot of things we need to clean up, but I was very pleased with how the kids performed.?

Sturgeon Bay had 10 corner kicks and outshot the Zephyrs on goal by a 20-1 margin.

?When you get that many corner kicks, it means we?re playing more on our offensive third of the field than anywhere else, which is good for us,? said Maas.

? AT SOUTHERN DOOR: Taylor Crabb, Zach Townsend and Alex Prucha scored two goals each to lead Kewaunee over Southern Door.

Zach Funnell scored for the Eagles.

?It was our first game and kind of a learning experience, because I?m a new coach and we?ve got a co-ed team that?s learning to play as a team,? said Eagles coach Steve Grantham. ?But the kids gave it their all. There was a lot of hustle.?

? AT FISH CREEK: Devin Veith and Dean Waldhart scored goals and Mike Theile had 10 saves in Roncalli?s shutout over Gibraltar/Sevastopol.

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120818/ADV02/308180247/Soccer-Defending-champs-win-league-opener-6-0
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http://www.wdor.com/sports/clippers-blank-roncalli-2/

The Sturgeon Bay soccer team beat Roncalli 10-0 in Manitowoc on Monday. Reid Stevenson scored 3 goals for the Clippers while Will Kitchens and Sean Sannito had two goals each. Sturgeon Bay (3-0) had 21 shots compared to just one for the Jets. Sturgeon Bay will host Kewaunee on Thursday.

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Shaping up to be a 2-team race again this year. By my count Stevenson has a hat trick in each of the three SB games.
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attended the st mary central zephyrs vs new lutheran blazers soccer game today under the lights at st mary central.

the blazers had many shots on goal in the 1st half and pretty much kept the ball on their offensive half for a majority of the half however were unable to put one in the back of the net which lead to a 0-0 halftime tie.

however, in the 2nd half the blazers were able to find the net with a few of their shots as jr. sam schaefer scored a goal 6 min and 30 seconds into the 2nd half. schaefer once again found the goal on a header 10 min 40 seconds into the second half.

jr. sam brock scored the 3rd and final goal for the blazers 29 minutes and 22 seconds into the second half

the zephyrs were unable to put any of their shots into the goal and were shutout by goalies kristian zimmerman (jr) and evan sizemore (sr). zimmerman started at goalie and played it for most of the game until with about 7 or 8 minutes left in the game when he was given a chance to play out in the field and sizemore came off the bench to finish out the game.

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Notes on the NEW-SMC game.

This was almost a mirror image of the NEW at SMC girls game from the spring (won by SMC 3-0).

NEW had 28 shots but only 9 on goal, firing a variety of shots high or wide (including at least two off the frame). SMC had 3 shots, all on goal, including 2 speculative attempts from 35+ yards away.

SMC played very defensively, placing their sweeper deep in their defensive half (playing mostly between the penalty spot and the 6-yard box), surrendering the bulk of possession to NEW and playing solely for a counter attack through Bryce Decoursin. The NEW defense did a nice job of limiting SMC's counter opportunities as shown in the shot disparity.

Intersting note on the SMC roster - 22 players, 13 juniors. With only 3 sophomores and 2 freshmen in the program one wonders what the team will look like when the class of 2014 graduates.
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went to the new lutheran vs roncalli game tonight at new lutheran.

new won 6-0

the first two goals for the blazers were scored by sam schaefer and that would conclude the scoring for the first half.

in the second half, the 3rd goal was scored by sam brock i believe, 4th goal was by sam schaefer giving him a hat trick, 5th goal i believe was by andrew froelich, and i believe the 6th goal was scored by kristian zimmerman who usually plays goalie but played in the field in the 2nd half as the backup goalie, evan sizemore, was in goal for the blazers.

not 100% sure on who scored some of the goals so i will change this if i find out i was wrong.

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Today's question: Who is the third best team in the conference...or put another way...can Algoma really finish third?

OK, it seems pretty obvious that NEW and Sturgeon Bay will finish 1-2 in the conference for the third consecutive year (barring a serious spate of injuries for either team). So, let's look at the rest of the conference...

Southern Door - uh, no...SD may be headed for a no-win season in conference.

Kewaunee - losing only 0-1 to G/S was a surprise but I have to believe Kewaunee is happy SD still has a team.

Roncalli - impressive 2-0 win against G/S to begin the season. Was dominated in shutout losses to SB and NEW. Does not appear to have quite enough to take the third spot.

SMC - 0-3, including a loss to Algoma, does not start but two of the losses were to Bay and NEW. Needs to regroup and run off about 5 straight wins as they hit the weak stretch in their lineup. Lost a lot to graduation and large junior class needs to provide quality, not just quantity.

G/S - a top-4 team for at least 4 consecutive years, G/S was hit hard by graduation and are working under a new coach. Traditionally a strong defensive team, you have to wonder if the team will get enough scoring to contend. The Roncalli loss had to sting and only beating Kewaunee 1-0 leads one to believe there are some issues here. However, a nice 2-1 win over Wrightstown could right the ship.

Wrightstown - the largest school in the conference seemed to be the preseason pick to finish third. 2011 record skewed due to forfeits for using an ineligible but is the Packerland team to beat Sturgeon Bay since the 2009 season. The G/S loss was a bit surprising. They play Sturgeon Bay, NEW, and Algoma this week and that should give us a better idea what this team has.

Algoma - has a nice class of seniors and played NEW tough for a half. Earned a nice 3-2 win over SMC to put them in the lead for the third spot in conference. The team had a nice 4-game win streak last year in the first half of the season and won only 2 more the rest of the way. If the team can hold on to its momentum this year it has a real chance to finish third in only its third season with a varisty squad.

My standings picks:

SB
NEW
Wrightstown
Algoma
SMC
G/S
Roncalli
Kewaunee
SD

I believe SB and NEW run the table against the other 7 teams but that the third place team will not have 10 wins in conference.
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NEW goal order was

Benz (PK)
Brock
N. Schaeffer
N. Schaeffer
Brock
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S. Schaeffer
DeCoste
N. Schaeffer (PK)

Goals 4-6 came against the backup GK who entered when the Kewaunee starter got his yellow.

Have seen two scores for SB-Wrightstown (11-0 or 11-1). Guess my Wrightstown pick for third is looking pretty questionable right now. Algoma beat Roncalli on Monday to put them in the lead for third.
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Door County Advocate recap of last Thursday's games:

Packerland soccer: Clippers keep sailing along
Vikings rally to beat Tigers

Sturgeon Bay is making its quest for a fifth straight Packerland Conference soccer championship look easy.

The Clippers beat visiting Kewaunee, 9-0, Thursday for their third shutout of the conference season in as many games. The Clippers have outscored their first three conference opponents, 25-0.

?Our defense is really playing well together,? said Sturgeon Bay coach Todd Maas. ?They?re talking quite a bit and they cover for each other very well.?

Zach Owens and Reid Stevenson scored three goals each, Will Kitchens had two, and Thomas Stasiak one for the Clippers, who had 27 shots on goal and 22 corner kicks.

Stevenson has scored three goals in every game so far for Sturgeon Bay, which is 4-0 overall.

The Clippers are playing in a tournament today in Pulaski.

?Our big test will be this weekend,? said Maas. ?We play Green Bay West and Pulaski, and both teams are good. We?ll see how well our defense holds up.?

? AT FISH CREEK: Gibraltar/Sevastopol scored two second-half goals and rallied to beat Wrightstown, 2-1, Thursday in a Packerland Conference game.

Wrightstown took an early lead, when James Block scored in the eighth minute.

The Vikings tied the game in the 45th minute off of a goal by Alex Lautenbach, who headed the ball into the net off of a header by Perrin Cole on a long indirect kick.

Andrew Peot then scored the game-winner in the 66th minute from about 10 yards out off of an assist by Tristin Warner.

?The first half was rather slow and sloppy,? said Vikings coach Joe Warner. ?We came out in the second half with a little more energy. We were patient and waited for them to make mistakes and then quickly counter-attacked.?

Vikings goalkeeper Sam Potier had 15 saves. The Vikings had only four shots on goal, but made the most of their limited opportunities

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120825/ADV02/308250216/Packerland-soccer-Clippers-keep-sailing-along
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benny4609 wrote:
NEW goal order was

Benz (PK)
Brock
N. Schaeffer
N. Schaeffer
Brock
---
S. Schaeffer
DeCoste
N. Schaeffer (PK)

Goals 4-6 came against the backup GK who entered when the Kewaunee starter got his yellow.

Have seen two scores for SB-Wrightstown (11-0 or 11-1). Guess my Wrightstown pick for third is looking pretty questionable right now. Algoma beat Roncalli on Monday to put them in the lead for third.


Thanks for filling the holes in my summary.

and sturgeon bay has been crushing everybody in conference so far. curious to see how NEW plays them when they play each other.
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