Boy soccer SHAPE gets off to fast start in win over Brussels
Simone Arcamone scored directly off the opening kickoff, and All-European Kewin Nielsen added goals at the fifth- and 10th-minute marks Friday as the reigning European Division II champion SHAPE, which is classified D-I this season, raced past D-III Brussels 3-1.
Brussels coach Greg Marinich, however, was pleased with the perseverance of his team in the face of that early 3-0 hole.
"I am very proud of the 80-minute effort the Brigands displayed against our tough, skilled D-I opponents, particularly in the second half," he said Saturday in an e-mail.
The Brigands’ goal came in the second half off a feed from Lazat Knezic.
SHAPE (3-0-0 overall, 2-0-0 in Region I) was to play a Region I game Saturday against visiting International School of Brussels. At press time, no report of that game had reached Stars and Stripes.
In other boys games of note:
Heidelberg 3, Vilseck 0: Saturday at Vilseck, Josh Jones scored twice and Thomas Hogue assisted on all three Lion goals.
Hogue set up Jones and Jeremy Thorsen for first-half strikes, then teamed with Jones after intermission as Heidelberg stayed on track for a possible regional-title showdown at Black Forest Academy on May 15. Heidelberg is 3-0-1 in Region III (3-1-1 overall); BFA was unbeaten overall and in the region going into Saturday’s game at Patch.
Kaiserslautern 3, Lakenheath 3: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath’s Joe Sullivan scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute to play to forge the non-regional draw between the two D-I schools.
The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Shaun Gallegos gave Lakenheath an early lead, but Cody Tremaine answered for the Red Raiders. Kaisersluatern keeper Chris Murray saved a penalty kick to keep it even.
Patrick Burns’ PK and Sullivan’s first goal made it 2-2 after intermission. K-town went up 3-2 on Russell Kreuger’s score off a feed from Burns, only to see Sullivan’s heroics pull away the victory.
Ramstein 1, Lakenheath 0: Because of a late-arriving bus Friday at Ramstein, Lakenheath found itself under assault by the defending European D-I champions before they had a chance to stretch.
Despite the efforts of Lakenheath’s Sullivan and Jordan Davis that drew praise from Ramstein coach Dan Nukala, Ramstein’s defense posted its third shutout of the season. Neil Verley and Dennis Dooley led the defence that made Jon McClouth’s first-half goal, off a feed from Alex Lee, stand up for the Royals (5-0-0).
Hohenfels 5, Wiesbaden 0: Saturday at Hohenfels, Patrick Junior scored twice and Devon Fluker added a goal and an assist as the D-II Tigers blanked their D-I guests to stay in the Region III race at 3-2-0.
Wiesbaden keeper Laren Smith, who volunteered for the position just three days ago, turned back 10 shots in his first game in the nets.
Baumholder 3, AFNORTH 1: Saturday at Baumholder, All-Europe striker Alassane Doukoure scored twice and assisted on Alexander Shadrin’s goal to lead the Bucs (4-1-0). Nicolai Dybvad scored for AFNORTH, the 2009 Division III European champions who are playing D-II this year.