Bigger schools largely get better of smaller counterparts
Multiple-goal margins of victory were the theme of the weekend in DODEA-Europe girls soccer as teams looked to distinguish themselves among the fields they’ll face at the imminent European championships starting May 21.
SHAPE 3, Brussels 1: Friday at Brussels, the Division I Spartans bested a tough Division III opponent.
Jennifer Kacher, Sophia Marro and Isabella Ortez scored a goal apiece in the SHAPE victory. Sofia Beckley produced Brussels’ lone goal off an assist by Savannah Vitale.
Both teams face a tough remaining schedule. SHAPE takes on Spangdahlem next weekend before a showdown with divisional rival Stuttgart on May 12; Brussels visits AFNORTH on Saturday then wraps up the regular season against longtime Division III archrival Alconbury.
Vicenza 2, Florence 0: Friday at Florence, Cougar standout Hope Bello provided all the offense that was required for the win.
Bello scored a goal in each half to supply the firepower necessary to make Vicenza’s shutout defensive effort hold up.
The Cougars play two lower-division opponents down the stretch, hosting Aviano on May 5 and visiting Marymount on May 12.
Sigonella 1, Aviano 0: Saturday at Sigonella, a successful Alex Garcia penalty kick served as the final margin in a Jaguar win.
Sam Sanders made nine saves in goal to preserve the Sigonella shutout. Aviano counterpart Trinity Saenz totaled 18 saves in a valiant effort in defeat.
Elsewhere in Italy, Naples recorded a forfeit victory over AOSR.
Spangdahlem 7, Hohenfels 2: Saturday at Spangdahlem, a pair of multiple goal scorers paced the Sentinels to the victory.
Keena Teahon scored three goals and Emma Passig added two for Spangdahlem, which earned its second straight victory ahead of a visit to Division I SHAPE next weekend.
Amanda Zubowicz and Chloe Smith also scored for the Sentinels, while Nicole Serrano and Mickey Lefebvre accounted for the Tigers’ goals.
Wiesbaden 4, Lakenheath 1: Saturday at Lakenheath, prolific scorer Peggy Sue Mathis led the Warriors past the Lancers in a key Division I clash.
The defending champion Warriors won for the fourth straight time after opening the season with a pair of losses. They’ll take on another tough Division I opponent, Kaiserslautern, on Friday in their final game of the regular season.