Dinmore brothers keep AOSR perfect
SIGONELLA, Italy – Two goals from Pietro Dinmore and a third by his brother Francesco carried the unbeaten American Overseas School of Rome Falcons to a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Sigonella Jaguars.
All five goals came with a strong wind at the scoring team’s backs, according to Sigonella coach Philip Andre. The Dinmores did their damage in the first half; Sigonella’s goals, by Jack Wegman, off an assist from Kalani Dickinson, and by Marco Montero, from a feed by Tristan Morris, came after intermission.
“It was a hard-fought, physical game,” Andre said by telephone on Saturday afternoon. “Peter Swisshelm and … Montero did a phenomenal job dropping back on defense when AOSR had the wind. When we got it, we were able to play a more normal attacking game.”
Pietro Dinmore scored in the game’s 15th and 16th minutes to get the defending European D-II champs started, Andre said. His first goal came off a feed from his brother, and the second was a penalty-kick conversion.
Danny Saad then set Francesco Dinmore up for what would prove the deciding goal before the Falcons were to lose the wind advantage. Sigonella goalkeeper Antonio Garcia, who ended the game with 17 saves, blanked the powerful Falcons after halftime.
AOSR (5-0) was playing for the first time since April 9. The Falcons are to host Vicenza this Saturday.
Sigonella, a D-III school, fell to 3-2. The jaguars are to host the American School of Milan on Saturday.
In other boys’ soccer of note:
Ramstein 2, Lakenheath 1: Friday at Ramstein, the Royals retained the Cross of St. George flag the teams award to the winner behind first-half goals from Andrew Fitzpatrick and All-European Jon McLouth.
“Ramstein led at the half,” emailed Ramstein coach Dan Nukala, “but Lakenheath pretty much dominated play in the second half … and never let up. It’s not easy getting off that bus after an overnight journey, but Lakenheath does it every year and always comes to play.”
With a 5-2 victory Saturday over Mannheim, fueled by two goals from McLouth, Ramstein remained unbeaten at 4-0-1 overall and 3-0 in Region II. Ramstein and defending European D-I champ SHAPE tied 1-1 April 2 at Mons, Belgium.
Ansbach 0, Black Forest Academy 0: Saturday at Ansbach, Cougars’ goalkeeper Mikael Vicente turned this matchup into a one-man game. He turned away 21 BFA shots to preserve the tie, which left Ansbach at 1-3-1 overall and in Region III.
By contrast, Vicente’s opposite number, BFA keeper David Carlson, was called on to make just one save for the Falcons (2-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in region). BFA is idle until a game May 14 at Heidelberg.
Baumholder 3, Bitburg 2: Saturday at Baumholder, Franck Atagana, Pablo Martinez and Kendall Hargrove provided the goals that allowed the Bucs to go to 4-1-1 overall and 3-1-0 in Region II.
Bitburg (1-5, 0-3) was coming off its first victory of the season, 1-0 Friday against visiting AFNORTH.
Wiesbaden 4, Patch 2: Friday at Wiesbaden, Quintin Torke scored two second-half goals as the Warriors erased a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Dhillon Tisdale and Michael Lipowicz also tallied after intermission as the Warriors upped their record to 3-1-1 going into Saturday’s Region II showdown against visiting Ramstein.
Heidelberg 3, Bamberg 0: Friday at Heidelberg, Andrew Guelle banged home two goals, and Joshua Torres added a third. Heidelberg will take 3-2 overall mark into Saturday’s home game against Kaiserslautern.
All-Europe keeper Zach Harrington pitched the shutout, with 12 saves. Bamberg, which lost for the first time this season, will take a 3-1 record into Tuesday’s game at Ansbach.