Defense decisive in battle of the unbeatens
Heidelberg Junior Blake Langford and All-European senior Sean Kerber scored and goalkeepers Oliver Allen and Dominique Simon posted a shutout Saturday as the defending European Division I champs blanked Patch 2-0 in boys soccer.
“They played a defensive game, just like Lakenheath did [Friday],” Heidelberg coach Larry Heintzman said by telephone Saturday after his Lions closed their two-day, two-game showdown against their fellow D-I unbeatens with a victory and a tie.
“If we had played this well yesterday, we would have won.”
Sophomore Owen Darrow and junior Jon Hoffman assisted on the goals, but the Lions’ defense again played the dominant role as the team improved to 4-0-2 overall and 4-0-1 in D-I. Heidelberg has allowed just two total goals in its six games thus far. It has one regular-season game remaining, May 12 at Wiesbaden.
Goalkeeper Jacob Schoonover came up with 14 saves, but couldn’t keep Patch, the smallest D-I school, from absorbing its first defeat of the season. The Panthers (2-1-1 overall, 2-1 in D-I) travel to Lakenheath this Saturday and host International School of Brussels on May 12 to close out their first D-I regular season.
In other boys games of note Saturday:
Brussels 5, London Central 1:At Brussels, Belgium, Mike Hebing tallied three times and Jimmy Russel twice as the Brigands stayed unbeaten in league play. Brussels will host D-II AFNORTH on Tuesday before crown-clinching opportunities on Friday and Saturday at London Central and Alconbury to close out the regular season. Brussels will play in Division IV at the European tournament May 16-19.
Hohenfels 7, Ansbach 1: At Ansbach, Lucas Hoss and All-Europe senior Anthony Marshall each scored twice as the defending European D-III champion Tigers (5-0 overall and in III-South) rolled on. Marshall’s younger brother, Rey, also scored for Hohenfels, as did Giessen transfer Kenny Oberlin and Ian Hewell. Jacob Burnside posted 16 saves and Dominic Marin scored for Ansbach (0-5).
Naples 7, Aviano 1: At Naples, Italy, the Wildcats obliterated a scoreless halftime tie behind three second-half goals from Eric Sadsad. Sadsad also registered two assists in the eruption, which lifted Naples to 3-1 in American Schools in Italy League play. The Wildcats will face Italy’s two unbeatens the next two weeks, at Marymount on Saturday and at home against the American Overseas School of Rome on May 12.
Marymount 7, Sigonella 1: At Sigonella, Italy, Marymount got two goals from Fabio Nutarnicola in improving to 4-0.
BFA 7, Würzburg 0: At Kandern, Germany, Black Forest Academy remained unbeaten behind Billy Reed’s hat trick and unscored upon for the season behind a lights-out defense. The Falcons (4-0) lead II-South with 12 points; Mannheim and Vilseck trail with eight each.
SHAPE 3, Bitburg 3: At SHAPE, Belgium, “two nice, accurate shots” in the game’s final 10 minutes by Sid Banks and Jamie Watts earned the Barons the tie, according to SHAPE coach Tony Blasio.“Banks tested the SHAPE defense all day,” Blasio wrote Saturday in an e-mail. Ryan Poock scored the first goal for Bitburg (2-1-2 overall, 1-1-2 in II-North).
Blasio also praised the play of Eirik Iden and Claudio Citta for his defending European champion Spartans, 3-0-1 overall and in II-North. Claudio Giraldo, Pablo Martinez and Piotr Kwsecien scored for SHAPE.