Boys soccer: Bison stay on top of Division II
MANNHEIM, Germany — Mannheim got such good back-line play on Friday that its game against Hanau was essentially over when Robert O’Doherty scored on a penalty kick 26 minutes into the first half.
Mannheim won the boys high school soccer game 4-0 as Luis Dawiczyk, Adam Roggia and Nathan Rojas added goals, but Mannheim’s back line of Rob Nicolai, Tyler Junker, Charles Maskell and Caleb Maglio didn’t need them.
“Every player we have in the back is proficient,” Maglio said. “No one’s going to let one get through.”
Mannheim’s freshman goalkeeper, Thomas Evon, made six saves, but most of the Hanau attack got swept aside by the Mannheim defense.
The victory boosted Mannheim’s record to 4-0 and left the Bison in control of the Division II race. They’ll play at Black Forest Academy on Saturday before finishing at home May 17 against AFNORTH.
“BFA probably will be our toughest game,” Mannheim volunteer coach Martin Goering said.
Mannheim won by a multi-goal margin for the first time this season, despite the absence of star forward Silas Iwuchukwa for most of the game.
Iwuchukwa, nursing an injury, entered the game late and made his presence felt with a deft pass to open space in the Hanau (0-3) defense. Rojas ran onto to it and scored Mannheim’s fourth goal.
Ansbach 5, Bamberg 2
ANSBACH, Germany — After allowing first-half goals to Bamberg’s Chris Morgan and Collins Wonzina, the Ansbach defense, organized around the play of Trent Hansen and Winston Brown, pitched a second-half shutout.
Stephen Antley had two goals and an assist, while McCarthy AnumAddo, Seth Thompson and Ibrihim Sesay also scored for Ansbach (2-2), which claimed its first III-South victory of the season.
Bamberg closed out its regular season 2-3 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Bad Aibling forfeits to Baumholder
BAD AIBLING, Germany — Unable to field enough players, Bad Aibling forfeited to Baumholder (4-0 overall, 3-0 in III-South).
SHAPE 5, AFNORTH 0
SHAPE, Belgium — Rafa Martin scored twice, and Lituanian defender Kalvis Liepins helped SHAPE goalkeepers Andrej Meduna and Evan Fillman post the shutout.
“Liepins was certainly the strength of our defense,” SHAPE coach Tony Blasio said. “He was extremely influential in the victory.”
SHAPE, playing for the first time since its 2-1 loss to Division II leader Mannheim on April 3, improved to 3-1. The Spartans will host Vilseck on Saturday and close out the regular season at Bitburg on May 17.
AFNORTH falls to 1-2 going into Saturday’s home game against winless Hanau.
Wiesbaden 3, ISB 1
WIESBADEN, Germany — Wiesbaden’s Nartey brothers took charge at each end of the field as the Warriors (2-2 overall, 1-2 in Division. I) broke open a game that was scoreless at halftime.
Sylvester Narty scored the first goal of the game, and Foster Narty, along with Nate Post, Ryan Cloy and Paul Fry, anchored the defense against International School of Brussels (1-3, 1-2).