Europe athletes of the week
Justin WeiheBoys soccer
Last week: Weihe, a sophomore outside midfielder, scored twice Saturday to help the defending European Division I champion Ramstein Royals kick-start their season with a 7-0 victory over Würzburg.
“The first goal was a case of being at the right place at the right time,” said Ramstein coach Dan Nukala. “He was where he was supposed to be and put the rebound into the net.”
The second was a volley off a cross from Chris Maxey.
“He looked like the Karate Kid” when he made the shot, Nukala said.
The goals were the first of Weihe’s high school career, according to his coach.
“He had lots of assists last year, but no goals,” Nukala said. “I told him before the game he was going to score.”
Given his assessment of his sophomore, however, Nukala’s prophecy might not have been all that prescient.
“He has a real nose for the ball,” Nukala said, “and a great work ethic. He just runs and runs and runs.”
Kyri Bye-NagelGirls soccer
Last week: Bye-Nagel, a two-time All-Europe first-teamer who scored 16 goals last season, opened her senior season by scoring four times in Hanau’s 5-1 Division II conference victory Saturday over Black Forest Academy.
“It’s been a pleasure seeing Kyri return every year a little better than the year before,” Hanau coach Sam Cassou wrote in an e-mail about his star striker.
“She is striking the ball solidly and has increased her control and placement.”
Cassou added that Bye-Nagel, who made second-team All-Europe her freshman year, obviously isn’t sneaking up on anyone.
“What’s amazing is that she does this while being marked very closely, sometimes double-teamed,” he wrote, adding that controlling Bye-Nagel might become an even more daunting task for this year’s opposition.
“This year, she has more support on the field and can truly play her position rather than trying to be everywhere,” Cassou concluded, “which I believe will really help us come tournament time.”
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff