Naples routs Sigonella to start out 3-0
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 29, 2014
Naples celebrated two European championships last spring, winning Division II crowns in baseball and girls soccer.
The way they’re playing so far this season, the Naples boys soccer team has plans on joining them.
The Wildcats built a four-goal halftime lead Saturday and coasted to a convincing 7-2 victory over the visiting Sigonella Jaguars.
Luke Ross piled up three goals and an assist, Miguel DeFrutos added a goal and two assists and Davide DeCostanzo had two goals and an assist to lead the Naples attack.
The Wildcats have beaten three different intracountry foes in as many tries, recording wins over Vicenza, AOSR and now Sigonella. They’ll take on Aviano on April 19.
Wiesbaden 5, Bitburg 0: Saturday at Wiesbaden, John Arnold racked up three goals and an assist as the host Warriors shut out the Barons.
Wiesbaden edged ahead 2-0 at halftime, evoking memories of the previous weekend’s narrow 1-0 win over another game Division II school in Black Forest Academy. But a three-goal second half staved off the upset bid.
Eduardo Bedoya and Josh Sobczack also scored for the Warriors, while Asante Lattimore notched two assists.
Lakenheath 2, AFNORTH 1: Friday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Division I Lancers outlasted the Division II Lions in Lakenheath’s season opener.
Eren Yabici found Beau Timmons for AFNORTH’s only goal of the game.
AFNORTH 7, Menwith Hill 0: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the host Lions evened their weekend record with a rout of the Division III Mustangs.
Timmons and Yabici led the way again, each scoring two goals. Jordan Clement made two assists for the Lions, who improved to 3-1 on the season.
AOSR 5, Vicenza 2: Saturday at Vicenza, the visiting Falcons evened their season record with a convincing win over the Cougars.
AOSR, last year’s Division II European runner-up, opened its season March 22 with a discouraging 4-1 loss to Naples. But the Falcons avoided a losing streak in emphatic fashion Saturday and will take a 1-1 record into next weekend’s showdown with tough Italian rival Florence.
Marco Peruzzo scored both Vicenza goals.
Marymount 9, Aviano 2: Saturday at Rome, the defending Division II European champions had no trouble with the Saints.
Raffaele Bevilacqua and Diego Piorico each scored three goals for the Lions, who have scored a combined 15 goals over their first two games.
Black Forest Academy 9, Baumholder 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Falcons soared over the Bucs.
JinHwan Kim and Sam Musee each lended two goals and an assist to the effort.
The game put BFA in the victory column after narrowly missing a season-opening upset of Wiesbaden a week prior.