Europe Athletes of the Week
Perea, a junior striker, scored all four goals Saturday in AFNORTH’s 4-2 win over 2007 Division II runner-up Bitburg.
“James Perea has developed into an outstanding team player through his participation and training with [Olympic Development Program] and German clubs,” AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship wrote Monday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. “His footwork is a formidable complement to his deceptive speed and lateral acceleration.”
Perea scored once in his team’s 4-4 tie April 11 with visiting European D-II champion Black Forest Academy to give him five for the season. But Blankenship said the team comes first with Perea.
“James ... is just as content with four assists as four goals,” he wrote. “His unselfish play is one of many fine personal attributes that make him a great team player and great team captain.”
Alsup, a junior striker, scored five goals Saturday in a 7-0 courtesy-rule romp over visiting Alconbury.
“This Saturday, Katrina was the dominant force on the field, and by her outstanding performance, was able to get more out of her teammates as well,” her coach and father, Samuel Alsup, wrote Monday in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. “The team as a whole played very well together and the credit goes to Katrina’s leadership on the field both as a player and as one of the team’s two co-captains.”
For Alsup, who enhances her soccer prowess by playing in a German league, the game was a nice change from the Lady Bucs’ season opener, a 6-0 loss to D-I power Kaiserslautern. She was moved to striker just minutes into that game, the elder Alsup said, with his team already down 2-0.
Saturday, Alsup displayed her versatility, scoring once on a free kick from 35 yards out, scoring another by deftly threading a kick though a crowded penalty box into the left corner of the net, the elder Alsup wrote.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff