Complementing the team’s dominant defense is their relentless offense, which has netted 21 goals so far this season. While those goals have come from a variety of sources, one cannot discuss the Sturgis East offense without mentioning senior captain Jake Lamotte. Lamotte’s fourth varsity season has commenced with a fiery start, netting seven goals in his first eight games. If that was not impressive enough, he also recorded the first ever hat trick by a Sturgis East player in a thrilling match against Lower Cape Tech.
Jake Lamotte has not been alone in his offensive efforts. Varsity newcomers Charles Peterkin, Will Davis, and Cedar Coellner have all recorded goals this season. Yet if you ask any player about the most memorable goal, again and again you will hear about the feat of junior Matthew Donahue. In a moment that could only be described as majestic, Matt eluded a Sturgis West defender with a flawlessly executed step over; then from 35 yards out he rifled a shot into the top corner of the net. It is reported that the cheers of junior Carl Furner could be heard all the way to the parking lot.
As the leaves begin to turn color, so does the attitude of the team. With a playoff appearance looking increasingly likely, practices are becoming more and more focused. The heartbreaking playoff loss to Nantucket during the 2015 fall campaign is still fresh in everyone’s mind, and the team is determined to put up a fight if they make it to this year’s playoffs. The team is well poised to make this the year that Sturgis East boys soccer finally gets that elusive state championship.
This had been a very encouraging start to a historic season as the Storm begins their final eight games. Make sure to cheer them on at the homecoming game on Friday, October 21st (the girls play at 5:30 p.m. and the boys square off at 7:00 p.m.) at Old Townhouse Field (150 Old Town House Road, Yarmouth, MA) as they battle Sturgis West under the lights!