The International School of Brussels clinched the regular-season DODDS-Europe Division I boys soccer crown Saturday with a 2-1 victory over defending European D-1 champion Ramstein.
First-half goals by Yuri Periera, on a penalty kick, and Chris Ireland stood up for ISB in the game played at Ramstein.
“It was an exciting game with tight defense by both teams,” Ramstein coach Dan Nukala wrote in an e-mail on Saturday.
“Ramstein scored with about 10 minutes to play but could not get the equalizer, despite intense pressure on the ISB goal.”
ISB will take 6-0 overall and 5-0 Division I records into its regular-season finale this Saturday at Lakenheath.
Neither Ramstein (4-1-1, 4-1-0) nor six-time regular season champion Heidelberg (5-1-0, 4-1-0), which plays this Saturday at Heidelberg, can catch ISB, which beat both teams.
In other boys soccer games of note Saturday:
Heidelberg 3, Lakenheath 0At RAF Lakenheath, England, Sean Kerber scored all three goals and Vincent Crepean and Andrew Harrington picked up assists for the Lions.
But the story of the day was Heidelberg’s defensive play, which was so effective that goalkeeper Joe Wilhelm was not called on to make a save in the game.
Carl Snapp made six saves for Lakenheath (4-2, 3-2).
AFNORTH 5, Bitburg 0At Brunssum, Netherlands, five players scored for the victorious Lions.
“Jamie Perea and Tobias Schick controlled the midfield throughout the game, and won 80 percent of the midfield challenges,” AFNORTH coach Greg Blankenship wrote in an e-mail.
Even though unbeaten AFNORTH downed SHAPE 2-0 the previous week, the Lions (4-0-2, 3-0-2) lead the Spartans by just one point in the Division II-North standings, 11-10. AFNORTH hosts winless Mannheim this Saturday while SHAPE travels to Bitburg in the regular-season finales for both II-North contenders.
SHAPE 3, Mannheim 0At Mannheim, Fernando Barron scored twice off feeds from Cesar Saenz as the Spartans rebounded from last week’s home loss to II-North leader AFNORTH.
“The game was decided in the first 15 minutes,” Mannheim coach Martin Goering said. “They scored two quick goals before we realized we had to play hard.”
Even though Mannheim remained winless at 0-5-1, Goering saw a glimpse of a bright future in the play of freshmen Matt Benoit, James Churchwell and Joe Ward. “They played tough,” he said.
BFA 5, Hanau 1At Kandern, Germany, Black Forest Academy got three goals from Billy Reed to wrap up the Division II-South regular-season crown.
The defending European D-2 champs improved to 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the league with just a home game against winless Vilseck left on the schedule.
Hanau fell to 3-2-1, 2-2-1.
Milan 1, Aviano 1At Milan, Italy, Aviano (0-4-1) moved former sweeper Mike LeGree to goalkeeper and avoided its fifth loss of the season.
“Moving LeGree made all the difference,” said Aviano coach Steve Stanley, whose new keeper made 15 saves against the defending European Division IV champions.
Defender Marco Cantonese also had a hand in turning back the Milan attack, Stanley said. Cantonese saved two shots off the Aviano line.
London Central 4, Menwith Hill 2At Menwith Hill, England, the Bobcats evened their III-North record at 1-1 despite suiting up just eight players.
John Secules scored twice for London Central, which used a 1-2-4 lineup, according to Menwith Hill coach Pete Resnick. Menwith Hill is 0-6, 0-2.