The Aviano Saints earned one of the most significant wins in their recent boys soccer history on Saturday, edging American Overseas School of Rome 2-1.
The victory was an impressive conquest of AOSR, which reached the Division II European championship game last year and had played reigning three-time champion Marymount to a 2-2 tie days earlier.
But the achievement was more meaningful than just that. Aviano assistant coach Mark Fix reported that it’s been “about 15 years” since the program has beaten AOSR.
Further, the win secures a .500 finish for the 2-2-2 Saints, its first in over half a decade.
Nathan Sevigny played the hero for the Saints on Saturday, scoring both of his goals after halftime to erase AOSR’s 1-0 lead at the break. Alex Slabaugh and Vadante Holland recorded assists, while Saints goalkeeper Dundrey Peoples made 10 valuable saves.
Marymount 1, Naples 0: Saturday at Rome, the Lions fought off another Division II rival to finish atop the Region IV standings. Francesco Izzo scored the decisive goal for the three-time defending European champions.
Ramstein 2, Wiesbaden 0: Saturday at Ramstein, the Royals scored two second-half goals to knock off the visiting Warriors.
Locked in a scoreless tie at halftime, Ramstein clinched its undefeated regular season on scores by Jay-Lee Sykes and Kyler Day off assists Antonio Oduber and Devin McGeehan.
The 2-0 win was the fifth straight shutout for the Royals. Ramstein hasn’t allowed a goal since its season-opening 4-2 win over Bitburg on March 22.
Menwith Hill 4, Brussels 2: Saturday at Brussels, the Mustangs claimed victory in a Division III showdown.
Shaun Brooks and Ian Evans scored two goals apiece for Menwith Hill, while Ryan Walford and Merab Chitanava notched a goal each for the host Brigands.
Menwith Hill will enter the tournament on a two-game winning streak after starting its season with three consecutive losses.
AFNORTH 6, SHAPE 3: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lions showed no signs of rust in a thorough win over the Spartans.
Playing its first DODDS-Europe game since April 5, AFNORTH deployed a potent offense led by a two-goal, one-assist effort from Claudius Karich. Lion keeper Victor Black kept SHAPE under control with 11 saves in goal.
Lakenheath 8, Alconbury 1: Saturday at Lakenheath, Elmer Ramos scored four goals as the Lancers hammered the Dragons.
Lakenheath finished the season with four straight wins and an undefeated 5-0-1 mark.
Kaiserslautern 2, Black Forest Academy 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, Sean Dunbar and Ryan Rimmler scored second-half goals for the Raiders to crack open a scoreless tie and fend off a Falcon upset bid.