Boys soccer roundup: Ansbach clips Mannheim to end drought
Shaun Francis and Paul Farinosi connected for second-half goals Saturday as Ansbach rallied from a 1-0 halftime hole and ended a two-year victory drought with a 2-1 non-regional triumph over visiting Mannheim.
Farinosi assisted on Francis’ equalizer, then took a pass from Dwayne Jones to ram home the winner, the first on the field for Ansbach since 2007. The last time the Cougars won was a 1-0 forfeit triumph from defunct Hanau on May 10, 2008.
This time it was Mannheim’s turn to extend a losing streak. The Bison, who got their goal from Richard Santiago, fell to 0-6-0.
In other boys games of note:
Patch 7, Bamberg 0: Saturday at Stuttgart, Steve Archibald scored twice, and Andrew Lewis added a goal and two assists as the Panthers eliminated Bamberg from the Region III title race with the courtesy-rule victory.
Division II Bamberg, whose only previous loss this season was 3-1 to visiting Black Forest Academy on March 20, fell apart against the resurgent D-I Panthers (2-3-1 overall, 2-2-1 in Region III) and dropped to 4-2-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the region in its regular-season finale.
ISB 3, Lakenheath 0: Saturday at Lakenheath, Rob Brown, Pierre Koob and Mori Shunsuke tallied to lift undefeated International School of Brussels to a regular-season-ending victory. Next for the 5-0-0 Raiders, the lone unbeaten and untied team in Region I, is the European Division I tournament May 19-22 at Ramstein. Lakenheath fell to 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the region.
Naples 2, Sigonella 2: Saturday at Naples, the home team waited until the game’s final 10 minutes to forge the tie.
Sigonella (2-1-3 overall and the region) took a 2-0 lead in the first 13 minutes on goals from Benjamin Jacks, but Naples (2-3-1) answered on a 70th-minute strike by Troy Reeves off a pass from Nigel Alexander, then got a 78th-minute goal by Daniel Drew.
Ramstein 7, Kaiserslautern 1: Friday at Kaiserslautern, John McLouth scored twice, and Glenn Verley added a goal and two assists as the defending European Division I champ remained unbeaten and untied for 2010 with the Region II victory.
Bitburg 3, Wiesbaden 1: Saturday at Wiesbaden, Brandon Massie scored twice to lift the Barons (3-2-0 overall, 2-1-0 in region) to the Region II triumph. Wiesbaden, playing short-handed, fell to 1-4-1, 1-3-0.
Black Forest Academy 9, Vilseck 2: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, Peter Jo, David Song and Austin Troxel each scored twice as BFA set up a Region III title showdown this Saturday at Heidelberg.
Vilseck, which got its goals from Sage Thornburg and Nick Thomas, fell to 1-4-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the region.