Florence, Sigonella bring Italian battle north of Alps
It's a perfect microcosm of the unique world of DODDS-Europe Division III soccer.
Entering the final day of the three-day boys and girls small school tournament, six schools hailing from five different countries remain in contention to claim a European championship.
A busy day of boys action Wednesday ended with two Italian teams, Sigonella and Florence, set to meet for the Division III crown.
Fourth seed Sigonella beat Menwith Hill 3-1 in one semifinal, ending the Mustangs' hopes of a championship in the school's final year. Third-seeded Florence blanked top seed Alconbury in the other.
Florence won the teams' regular season meeting 2-1; Sigonella is the defending Division III champion.
Four teams remain alive in the girls bracket, which won't determine its championship game participants until Thursday. The semifinals start at 8:30 a.m. ahead of the 3 p.m. title match.
Top seed Alconbury cruised through preliminary play and received a bye to the semifinals. The Dragons will take on sixth-seeded Incirlik, which edged Sigonella 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday to advance to the final four.
The other semifinal pits third seed Brussels against No. 5 Baumholder. Both teams advanced via quarterfinal shutouts Wednesday; Brussels blanked Ankara 3-0, while Baumholder beat Florence 2-0.