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Two schools in Belgium clinched boys soccer titles Saturday.
With one week left in the regular season, defending European D-II champion SHAPE claimed the II-North crown with a 3-1 victory at AFNORTH. Pablo Martinez scored twice as SHAPE (4-0-1) completed a sweep of AFNORTH, after winning 3-0 at home on April 21.
Meanwhile, Brussels defeated Alconbury 5-3 at RAF Alconbury, England, to wrap up the Division III-North title.
“Pablo Martinez made plays with his hustle and endless determination to score,” AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship wrote Saturday in an e-mail report to Stars and Stripes. “He is a true forward and fun to watch play the game he loves.”
All-European Claudio Citta added SHAPE’s third goal on a 35-yard free kick.
Blankenship said outstanding play by Tobias Christmann, Alex Hartung and Chris Eden, who scored for AFNORTH (2-2-2 overall, 1-2-2 in II-North), kept the Lions in the game until Citta’s blast.
“SHAPE is an outstanding and complete team that has earned the [conference] championship,” Blankenship said. He added that he hopes AFNORTH can raise its defensive game to SHAPE’s level for the European championships May 16-19.
At RAF Alconbury, Mike Hebing scored twice as the Brigands rebounded from a 2-2 tie Friday at London Central. Ethan Hennes made 20 saves as Brussels improved to 5-0-1 in league play.
In other weekend games:
Lakenheath 2, Patch 0: At RAF Lakenheath, England, Chris Davis banged home a goal in the 70th minute and assisted on Kai Pope’s tally eight minutes later as the Lancers improved their league record to 5-0-1 in their final regular-season game. Lakenheath clinched at least a tie for first in Division I.
Defending European D-I champion Heidelberg (4-0-1), idle this weekend, visits Wiesbaden on Saturday. A Lions’ victory will give them the top seed in the D-I tournament on the basis of the points-differential tiebreaker. A loss or tie will hand the conference title to Lakenheath.
Rota 5, Giessen 0: At Giessen, the Griffins’ final home sports event went Rota’s way from the opening whistle, according to Giessen coach Christopher Eastman.
Kevin Muller scored two goals and Sterling Frost and Jordan Rayman each set up two scores as the Admirals from southern Spain split a two-game tune-up tour in Central Europe.
Rota, which dropped a 2-1 verdict Friday at Hanau, will be back in Germany in 10 days for the European D-III tournament.
Hohenfels 5, Bamberg 1: On Friday at Bamberg, Anthony Marshall scored three goals and younger brother Rey assisted on two as the defending European D-III champs remained unbeaten. Hohenfels hosts Hanau, which it beat 2-1 in March, on Saturday for the III-South crown.
Sigonella 2, Vicenza 2: On Saturday, Dave Rice scored two goals for the Jaguars, who finished with a 1-4-1 record after playing their second game at Aviano in as many days.
Aviano downed Sigonella 3-1 in the opener on Friday.