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Five-time defending Division I conference champion Heidelberg flashed plenty of muscle Saturday, but the International School of Brussels came away with a 3-1 home victory and the undisputed conference lead going into the two-week spring break.

“They [Heidelberg] looked great,” ISB coach Philippe Kaisin said by telephone. “They stormed at us for the first 10 minutes, but we stayed organized, and our goalie made a great save.”

Kaisin said the save spurred ISB (3-0, 3-0 Division I), which took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Roope Elojarvi at the 19th minute, just three minutes after a goal by Junki Ogawa. Ogawa assisted on the second goal.

Heidelberg (2-1, 1-1) cut the deficit to 2-1 on an ISB own goal — the only goal the Raiders have given up in three games this season — but Chris Ireland scored unassisted in the 60th minute to restore ISB’s two-goal margin.

ISB’s goals were the first allowed by Heidelberg this season.

“It was a good day for us to stay with our game plan,” Kaisin said. “We stayed organized defensively and when we got chances we took it in.”

In other boys soccer games of note on Saturday:

Wiesbaden 6, Würzburg 0At Wiesbaden, the Warriors broke their two-game scoring drought with five goals in the second half, including two by Hakan Demircan.

“The Warriors are alive,” Wiesbaden coach Ben Arcila said after his team sent Würzburg to its third Division I defeat in as many games this season.

Ramstein 3, Kaiserslautern 0At Kaiserslautern, Dan Whitney scored every goal for Ramstein (2-0). Kaiserslautern endured its second shutout in as many games.

AFNORTH 3, Bitburg 2At Bitburg, the visiting Lions got two goals and an assist from Chris Eden and a goal and an assist from David Pohl, all in the first half, then held off Bitburg’s second-half comeback attempt.

Brian Schwenneker scored both Bitburg goals off second-half free kicks, but AFNORTH (1-0-2 in II-North and overall) still managed to avoid its third tie of the season. Bitburg is 1-2 in the league and overall.

Hanau 4, Hohenfels 3At Hanau, Emanuel Appiah scored twice, and Adam Azcarraga added a goals and an assist as Hanau (2-0-1) of Division II held off Division III power Hohenfels.

Anthony Marshall scored all three goals for Hohenfels (1-1).

Brussels 4, Alconbury 0At Brussels, Belgium, Logan Quinn scored twice and had an assist as the Brigands took the III-North conference lead at the break.

Brussels (2-0-1 overall and 2-0 in III-North) also got scores from Mike Hebing and Matt Oppenheim. Alconbury fell to 1-1 in the conference and 1-2 overall.

At presstime, none of Saturday’s three scheduled boys games in Italy had been reported. They were: Aviano at Marymount, Naples at Sigonella and American Overseas School of Rome at Vicenza.


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