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The Sigonella Jaguars celebrate their 3-1 win over AFNORTH in the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

The Sigonella Jaguars celebrate their 3-1 win over AFNORTH in the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – There might not be a better example of team play than the 2022 DODEA-Europe Division III girls soccer champions.

Sigonella coach Andy Reardon smiled and had to a ponder a question about who he thought led the Jaguars to a 3-1 victory over AFNORTH on Thursday. He gave up with a shrug.

“They work so hard, they’re respectful, they all get along, they listen to coaching,” he said. “Those are the most important things for a coach. Wins and losses, they come and go.”

They did nothing but come in the tournament for the Jaguars, who generally held their own during the regular season against schools with larger enrollments in Italy.

Sigonella’s Ryleigh Denton protects the ball from AFNORTH’s Paula Bohlen in the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Sigonella beat the Lions 3-1.

Sigonella’s Ryleigh Denton protects the ball from AFNORTH’s Paula Bohlen in the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Sigonella beat the Lions 3-1. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Sigonella’s toughest game in the tournament was the first one, a 3-2 victory over the Lions. After that, the Jaguars won by multiple scores.

Isabelle Balleza opened the scoring Thursday and Ryleigh Denton followed shortly to put the Jaguars up 2-0 at halftime. Madison Wood added another score early in the second half.

Rowan Moreno got the Lions on the board by converting a penalty kick late in the game.

“I’m proud of the way we showed up against a very good team,” AFNORH coach Christy Wise said.

AFNORTH’s Finja Liebig gets away from Sigonella’s Anabel Vaiciulis n the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Sigonella beat the Lions 3-1.

AFNORTH’s Finja Liebig gets away from Sigonella’s Anabel Vaiciulis n the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Sigonella beat the Lions 3-1. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Leila Denton was named tournament MVP.

“We have great chemistry together,” she said of the Jaguars’ success. “We have each other’s backs and when something bad happens, we turn it around.”

Sigonella’s Charlize Caro takes the ball upfield against AFNORT’s Sheckinah Boswell n the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. The Jaguars beat the Lions 3-1 to take the Division III title.

Sigonella’s Charlize Caro takes the ball upfield against AFNORT’s Sheckinah Boswell n the girls Division III final at the DODEA-Europe soccer championships in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022. The Jaguars beat the Lions 3-1 to take the Division III title. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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