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Heidelberg freshman Vincent Crepean, left, and Lakenheath senior Ben Green fight for position during the first period of Saturday's match at Lakenheath High School. Heidelberg won, 3-0.

Heidelberg freshman Vincent Crepean, left, and Lakenheath senior Ben Green fight for position during the first period of Saturday's match at Lakenheath High School. Heidelberg won, 3-0. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)

Heidelberg freshman Vincent Crepean, left, and Lakenheath senior Ben Green fight for position during the first period of Saturday's match at Lakenheath High School. Heidelberg won, 3-0.

Heidelberg freshman Vincent Crepean, left, and Lakenheath senior Ben Green fight for position during the first period of Saturday's match at Lakenheath High School. Heidelberg won, 3-0. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)

Lakenheath senior Bryce Watkins dribbles the ball against Heidelberg High School.

Lakenheath senior Bryce Watkins dribbles the ball against Heidelberg High School. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)

RAF LAKENHEATH — Heidelberg’s soccer team arrived in England determined to maintain its winning ways. Junior Sean Kerber made sure the Lions did not leave disappointed.

Kerber netted three goals, including two in the second period, to lead Heidelberg to a 3-0 win over Lakenheath. The game was nearly blighted by a second-period injury to the Lancers’ Andrew Tygett, who was taken from the pitch on a stretcher after a midair collision with a Heidelberg player.

Tygett’s exit proved to be only precautionary as he walked back later to watch his teammates struggle against a Lions squad that appeared to be always one step quicker to the ball.

Kerber, especially, weaved around the Lancer defense with deft moves and quick feet.

“He has a nose for the ball, and he’s a good scorer,” Heidelberg head coach Larry Heintzman said after the game. “It’s always a battle when we play Lakenheath. Sean helped us win the battle.”

Kerber praised his teammates for setting him up for scoring opportunities and creating an atmosphere on and off the pitch that fosters winning.

“We have a lot of leadership, and you can tell we have good chemistry and that is why we are clicking,” he said. “The three goals helped the team win, so I feel pretty good about that.”

With his hat trick Saturday, Kerber upped his number of goals this season to 17. The win improved Heidelberg to 5-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 in Division I, and dropped the Lancers to 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the division.

“We were a little off today and played a bit sluggish,” Heintzman said. “We should have had a few more, but we’ll take what we can get.”

Lancers coach Garrett Billington praised the Lions’ team-oriented style and soccer IQ.

“Every player on the field plays their spot, their position, very well,” Billington said. “They’re patient, and then they make things happen.”

Billington said the loss has not shaken his faith in the team as it prepares for its final regular season game against the International School of Brussels, the division champs, and the upcoming European championships, when Lakenheath gets another shot at its Division I rivals and the D-1 crown.

“We take from this game the knowledge of the level of play we need to beat them,” Billington said. “When we play the ball we know how to play, we can beat anybody.”

Billington said the Lancers are ready for the ISB challenge this Saturday.

“We will run hard this week and go out and play our game,” he said.

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