Boys soccer roundup: Three Div. II boys teams remain unbeaten
The logjam at the top of the boys’ Division II soccer standings remained firmly in place Saturday as contenders AFNORTH, Mannheim and SHAPE all remained unbeaten.
SHAPE made the most headway, downing visiting Patch 4-1 on Friday and visiting Hanau 4-0 on Saturday to go to 3-0-1 for the season. Mannheim matched that mark with a 2-1 victory Saturday over visiting Vilseck. AFNORTH, too, improved to 3-0-1 with a 7-0 mercy-rule victory over the weary Patch Panthers on Saturday.
AFNORTH wears out Patch
BRUNSSUM, Netherlands — Mike Kincaid scored five times and assisted on a sixth goal, and his Norwegian running mate Pal Skangen added two goals and two assists as the Lions exploited Patch’s two-games-in-two-days schedule. The Panthers played at SHAPE on Friday and at AFNORTH on Saturday.
“We knew they’d have tired legs,” said AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship, whose team led 3-0 at halftime. “We played a wide field, crossing the ball and then crossing it back. After the first 25 minutes, they were slow getting to the ball and after halftime their defense broke down. They didn’t get to the ball at all.”
Whatever the schedule cost Patch, it could prove invaluable later on, Blankenship said.
“I reminded our team that we’d have to play every day during the tournament,” he said.
Anwar Schouwe and Henrik Graatrud also posted assists for AFNORTH and were a key component in softening up the Panthers, according to Blankenship.
SHAPE, Belgium — SHAPE’s powerful Iberian nucleus led the way Friday and Saturday as the Spartans coasted from 3-0 halftime leads each day to a 4-1 victory over Patch on Friday and a 4-0 win against Hanau on Saturday.
Spaniard Francisco Gallo posted two goals and an assist on Friday, and a goal and an assist on Saturday, while his Portuguese teammate Fernando Labandeira was chalking up an assist on Friday, and two goals and two assists on Saturday.
Two more Spaniards, Alejandro Martin and Gonzalo Alejandro, had goals against Patch.
Saturday, SHAPE’s defensive stars were Jan Luska and Anthony Desrochers, SHAPE coach Tony Blasio said.
Offensively, Andy Kenens joined Labandeira and Gallo in Saturday’s scoring column.
Mannheim slips past Vilseck
MANNHEIM, Germany — Jimmy Medina and Robert O’Doherty, off an assist by Branden Ohlendorf, provided the scoring as the Bison kept pace with SHAPE and AFNORTH with a 2-1 victory.
Kaiserslautern posts first win
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — Corey Duggen scored a goal and assisted on Taylor Allaire’s game-winning strike as the Red Raiders downed the Lakenheath Lancers 2-1 Saturday for their first victory of the season.
According to coach Kevin Thompson, defenders Jason Swift and Josh Warren were the keys to victory for K-town (1-3 overall and 1-2 in D-I). Goalkeeper Chris Siegmund had to make just five saves on the afternoon.
Nate Kupko, just returning from a battle against mononucleosis, scored an unassisted goal for Lakenheath (2-3 overall and 1-3 in league games).
Heidelberg downs Würzburg
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Kevin Thorne scored three times, and Phillip Soriano posted a pair of assists as the seven-time defending European Division I champions rebounded from last week’s 1-1 tie at Ramstein to defeat the Würzburg Wolves 7-0 Saturday.
Ryan Puppolo, Christoph Ascherl, Xavier Otero and Steve Koechle also scored for the Lions, who improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in D-I. Würzburg, which beat Kaiserslautern under the mercy rule the previous week for its first victory of the season, fell to 1-4, 1-3.
The victory allowed Heidelberg to remain in a first-place tie with Ramstein atop the D-I standings. Ramstein, behind a goal and an assist from Jason Pollock, downed visiting International School of Brussels 2-0 on Saturday to go to 2-0-1 in league play.
Stainbrook leads London Central
HIGH WYCOMBE, England — Neal Stainbrook scored twice, once on a spectacular solo rush, and Colin Lineberger and Seth Hansen each added a goal and an assist Saturday as the London Central Bobcats remained unbeaten with a 6-1 victory over the visiting Brussels Brigands in a Division III-North game.
Ben Green, assisted by Jeremy Tibbetts, and Morgan Goodale added second-half scores for London Central as the Bobcats raced way from a 2-1 halftime lead to go to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in III-North play. Green and Levi Porter posted first-half assists but the goal of the day, according to London Central coach Fredo Ontiveros, went to Stainbrook.
“He dribbled through three or four defenders and then put a left-footed shot into the net,” Ontiveros said.
Brussels, which got its goal from Lonnie Ruffin eight minutes before halftime, fell to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Ansbach turns back Baumholder
ANSBACH, Germany — The Ansbach Cougars, behind three goals from All-Europe place-kicker Garrett Eichhorn, downed the Baumholder Bucs 6-3 Saturday.
McCarthy Anum-Addo, Robert Flag and David Herold, who also posted a pair of assists, scored for Ansbach (3-1 overall; 2-1 in league play). Eichhorn had two of his strikes and Flag his goal in the final 40 minutes as the Cougars pulled away from a 3-3 halftime tie.
Patrick Washington, Charles Otterstedt and Maurice Barfield scored to put Baumholder into the halftime tie. The Bucs, however, fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2-1 in III-South.
Giessen stays unbeaten
BAD AIBLING, Germany — The Giessen Griffins, playing the final sports season in school history, advanced to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in III-South with an 8-0 victory Saturday over Bad Aibling, which is also scheduled to close in June.
Anthony Moore scored twice, and six other players once for Giessen, which led 3-0 at halftime.
Bad Aibling fell to 0-3 overall and in III-South despite 22 saves by beleaguered goalkeeper James Sorenson.