And then there was one (without loss or tie)
The Division I boys soccer picture reveals more detail every time its teams take to the pitch.
On Saturday, three large-school outcomes brought further intrigue to the proceedings as the schedule resumed from its spring break. Ramstein and visiting Kaiserslautern played to a riveting, if ultimately uneventful, 0-0 draw. At Stuttgart, the Wiesbaden Warriors cooled off one of DODEA-Europe's hottest squads with a 1-0 win over the host Panthers. In Italy, Naples blanked lower-division American Overseas School of Rome 4-0.
The only goal of the two key Division I matchups in Germany was delivered by Wiesbaden's Jaedon Schwartz at the 30-minute mark of his Warriors' win at Stuttgart. The score delivered Wiesbaden its first Division I win of the season; the Warriors played Kaiserslautern to a 1-1 tie on April 7. And it stalled Stuttgart's momentum, which was considerable after the Panthers blanked defending champion Ramstein 3-0 and beat Kaiserslautern 4-2 prior to the break.
For their part, the Royals and Raiders played to a scoreless stalemate that allowed both teams reason for continued optimism. Kaiserslautern did just enough offensively to preserve hope that it might eventually crack its rival's stalwart defense.
Meanwhile, that defense held firm for Ramstein, an encouraging development for an offensively-challenged group that will need to pitch tournament shutouts to have a chance of repeating.
Naples, meanwhile, continued to cruise through overmatched competition on its side of the Alps.
Davide Di Costanzo scored twice and Marcello Esposti added a goal and an assist to pace the Naples offense, while Roman Schoff made all four saves required of him in goal.
The Wildcats are 4-0 on the season, including a win over Division I rival Vicenza. They'll get another taste of large-school action next weekend against Stuttgart and Vilseck.
Marymount 4, Vicenza 3: Friday at Vicenza, the visiting Royals overcame a halftime deficit and scored a winning goal late in the second half to earn the victory.
Marymount's Michele Musilli and Vicenza's Chris Ortiz scored two goals apiece to lead their respective sides. The Royals scored three of their goals after halftime to win a game in which they trailed 1-0 and 2-1.
Vicenza 8, Sigonella 0: Saturday at Vicenza, the Cougars rebounded with a shutout drubbing of the visiting Jaguars.
Marco Peruzzo fired in four goals to lead the onslaught, while Ortiz added two more to the two he scored Friday. Both Peruzzo and Ortiz also registered an assist on Saturday.
The 1-1 weekend leaves the Cougars at 2-2 overall entering the Division I showdown they'll host next weekend.
Brussels 7, Baumholder 0: Saturday at Brussels, Tim Wilkinson scored five goals as the Brigands routed the visiting Bucs.
The game was just the second on the season for Brussels, and also its second win; the Brigands edged another Division III rival, Alconbury, 2-1 on March 18. The team's schedule picks up now with games against SHAPE, AFNORTH, Lakenheath and International School of Brussels over the next three weeks.
Aljaz Urbanc added a pair of goals and Bocar Toure notched an assist in the win.
SHAPE 4, Alconbury 0: Friday at Alconbury, four different Spartans found the net in a shutout victory.
Avila Guillermo, Pablo Pereda, Fernando Gillbert and Connor Hudson scored a goal apiece for SHAPE, which earned its first win of the season in its second opportunity.
Lakenheath 3, SHAPE 0: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Spartans' nascent win streak was snapped by the host Lancers. Ethan Fitzgerald scored twice, Josh Lopez added a goal and Riley Fleming, Jacob Croft and Tristin Reyes notched assists as Lakenheath blew open a game that was scoreless at halftime.
Rudy Zapata made six saves in a shutout effort in goal, while SHAPE counterpart Alvara Segura turned back 10 of the Lancers' rapid-fire attempts.
ISB 2, Alconbury 2: Saturday at Alconbury, the Dragons avoided a winless weekend by tying the Division I Raiders.
Val Evans scored both Alconbury goals, including one in each half. Sebastian Ringsletter and Eythor Bjorgolfsson provided a score apiece for ISB.
Black Forest Academy 5, Ansbach 1: Friday at Kandern, Germany, the Falcons scored three goals after halftime to pull away from the persistent Cougars.
Tino Perumpankuzhy led BFA with two goals and two assists, while Ben Simson had a goal and an assist in support.