Anyone who thinks a 0-0 tie is like watching paint dry should have checked out Saturday’s boys soccer game at RAF Alconbury, England, between D-III contender Alconbury and D-II contender Baumholder.
There weren’t any goals, but there was plenty of action, according to Alconbury coach Jeff Black.
“Alconbury did a fantastic job of playing disciplined soccer…,” Black wrote in a Saturday email reporting his team’s containment of a talented Bucs team. “Baumholder was great on the ball and passed the ball around, spreading the field. They had an off-day shooting-wise as they had a hard time finding the target, but created some great chances.”
Keeper Gabe Sirwinski made 10 saves for Alconbury, which had downed its first D-II opponent of the weekend, AFNORTH, 5-1 the evening before. According to Black, Sirwinski, who “came up with many great saves” on Friday, was solid again on Saturday, as were the Dragons as a group.
“They played with a lot of heart and will,” Black emailed, “as they had just played AFNORTH … 16 hours before.”
Alconbury, which is to play next at Brussels on April 23, is 1-0-1 overall. Baumholder, playing its second straight D-III opponent, also is 1-0-1.
In other boys soccer games of note:
ISB 1, Bitburg 0: Saturday at Bitburg, Casper De Bok scored a 60th-minute goal to lift the International School of Brussels to the non-regional victory.
Even though his team wasn’t able to finish its scoring chances, Bitburg coach Victor Rivera was pleased with the way the Barons performed in their end of the field.
“Our defense played a great game, denying run after run,” Rivera wrote in an email report of the game. “Our goalie, Paul Alix, made 11 saves. He was absolutely awesome.”
Bitburg (0-2 overall) next plays at Kaiserslautern on Thursday. ISB, 2-0, doesn’t play again against a DODDS-Europe team until May 6, when it travels across town to play Brussels.
Hohenfels 2, Heidelberg 1: Friday at Hohenfels, Devon Fluker and Andre Walker connected for the scores that upset the Tigers’ D-I guests.
Heidelberg, which defeated Vilseck 3-0 Saturday, finished the weekend 2-1 overall and in Region III and will next play at Patch on April 23; Hohenfels, which dropped a 2-1 verdict to Mannheim on Saturday, will take a 1-2 overall and 1-1 league mark into Saturday’s game at Ansbach.
Naples 2, Aviano 0: Saturday at Naples, Regan Campbell and Nigel Alexander scored the goals, both assisted by Troy Reeves.
Naples will take a 3-1 record into its next game, April 23 at Vicenza; Aviano (0-4) entertains Sigonella the same day.