Kaiserslautern's sweep includes first D-1 triumph
The defending DODEA-Europe Division I boys soccer champion Kaiserslautern Raiders got back into the win column over the weekend, snapping a two-game losing streak with a pair of lopsided victories.
Kaiserslautern routed Division III visitor Alconbury 8-1 on Friday, then earned its first Division I win of the spring with a 7-0 thrashing of Lakenheath.
Pablo Zorrilla and Tyler Jankowski scored three goals in each game to lead the Raiders’ offensive explosion.
The wins come at an opportune time for the reigning champs, who lost to Stuttgart 4-1 and archrival Ramstein 1-0 in a post-championship swoon prior to spring break.
Both Alconbury and Lakenheath avoided sweeps in their weekend visits to Germany by blasting nearby Baumholder.
Lakenheath recorded a 10-1 win over the Bucs on the way to Kaiserslautern, with four of those goals coming from Caeden Sass. Alconbury recovered for a 7-0 defeat of Baumholder on Saturday behind a five-goal effort from Jose Cordero.
Ramstein 4, Stuttgart 3: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Royals resisted a second-half comeback bid to secure the Division I victory.
The Royals enjoyed a 4-1 halftime lead powered by a pair of goals by Jaden Buelvas, a goal and assist from Chris Sloven and a goal by Gavin McMillan. But the Panthers powered back with two unanswered second-half scores before falling a goal shy.
Abraham Engelke, Bradley Russell and Drew Arel found the net for Stuttgart.
Wiesbaden 3, Black Forest 0: Friday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors rattled off three second-half goals to blow open a scoreless match.
Asa Moncivais scored two goals and Tyrese Harris contributed a goal and an assist in the decisive post-halftime push.
The win improves the Warriors to 3-1 on the season entering next weekend’s visit to Hohenfels.
Vilseck 11, Hohenfels 0: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Falcons whipped the host Tigers.
Emmanuel Effiong and Thomas Harmon scored three goals each and Malakai Reyes added a pair of goals in the onslaught.
The win was the first of the year in just two opportunities for Vilseck. The Falcons’ schedule heats up with games against Vicenza and Naples in Italy next weekend followed by an April 28 date with Ramstein.