Division I teams appear to be in tournament form
Tournament-caliber Division I matchups highlighted the final days of the DODEA-Europe boys soccer regular season. The Division I, II, and III tournaments run concurrently May 21-24 at sites around the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
SHAPE 1, Stuttgart 1: Saturday at Mons, Belgium, the Spartans and Panthers played to a hard-fought draw.
Segura Alvaro scored SHAPE’s goal; Gustavus de Andnete got Stuttgart on the board. The tie did little to differentiate the schools from the pack of Division I contenders angling for advantageous seeding behind undefeated frontrunner Ramstein. The result snapped a four-game win streak for Stuttgart and a three-game win streak for SHAPE.
Kaiserslautern 1, Vilseck 0: Saturday at Vilseck, the defending champion Raiders gritted out a victory.
Pablo Zorrilla scored in the second half to break a scoreless tie and give Kaiserslautern the win. Enrico Ard made six saves in goal for the Raider shutout, while Falcon counterpart Shaun Boles made eight saves.
Kaiserslautern picked up another win this week as DODEA-Europe reversed the outcome of its May 4 loss to Wiesbaden. The Warriors were determined to have used an ineligible player in the game, originally a 1-0 Wiesbaden victory. The Raiders now record a 1-0 forfeit win.
Sigonella 2, Rota 1: Saturday at Sigonella, the Jaguars edged the visiting Admirals.
Jacob Payne scored a goal and assisted Anthony Cassar on the other score to give the home team the narrow victory.
The win is the first and only of the Jaguars’ regular season, spent almost exclusively against larger opponents from around Italy.
Brussels 7, Alconbury 1: Saturday at Brussels, the dominant Brigands completed an undefeated Division III campaign.
The Brussels standouts produced multiple scores to lead the attack. Aljaz Urbanc scored three goals and dished out an assist, Alex Crowson scored twice and assisted three times and Noah Gray scored a pair of goals.
The reigning Brigands enter the Division III tournament a favorite to repeat as European champion.
AFNORTH 3, Ansbach 2: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lions scored three unanswered goals in the first half and survived a Cougar comeback attempt.
Alan Goldsmith scored twice and Luke Priestman once for AFNORTH, and each delivered an assist for the other. Ansbach’s Kevin Kamara scored twice after halftime as Ansbach made a late push.
AFNORTH is a contender in the Division II bracket, while Ansbach is the returning runner-up in Division III.
Black Forest 7, Hohenfels 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Falcons posted a season-ending shutout.
Seven different BFA shooters found the net in a balanced offensive performance for the home team.
Ramstein 7, Lakenheath 0: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Royals clinched the only undefeated DODEA-Europe boys soccer record of the spring.
Jaden Buelvas led the Royal attack with a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
The Royals, who fell to Kaiserslautern in last year’s Division I title game, enter the tournament as the likely top seed with six divisional wins in as many games.
Spangdahlem sweeps Baumholder: The Sentinels took both halves of a Friday-Saturday home-and-home set by matching 8-1 scores.
Sage Kown scored twice to lead Spangdahlem in Friday’s game at Baumholder. Mike Ohl produced four goals in the Saturday rematch at Spangdahlem.
Eli Rodriguez scored a goal in each game for the Bucs.