Large-school favorites play to draws
DODEA-Europe started the stretch run of its girls soccer season this weekend with an extensive slate featuring two hard-fought ties between Division I rivals.
Ramstein 1, Stuttgart 1: Saturday at Stuttgart, the latest entry in DODEA-Europe’s signature soccer rivalry ended inconclusively.
Haley Deome scored a first-half goal for the Royals. Stuttgart counterpart Camille Pereira evened the game with a second-half strike.
The result keeps both teams undefeated on the season. The Royals and Panthers each hold a 2-0-1 record after wins over Division I opponents Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern.
Vicenza 1, Naples 1: Friday at Vicenza, Italy’s two Division I entries played to a draw.
Vicenza took the lead in the first half as Madeline Mollner converted a goal off an assist by Hope Bello.
Naples evened the score in the second half as Victoria Sasse found sister Roxanne Sasse for the equalizing goal.
Both goalkeepers did well to minimize the scoring despite an abundance of offensive opportunities. Vicenza’s Sarah Huggins made 12 saves, while Naples’ Katherine Abresch had 15.
Wiesbaden 3, Black Forest 0: Friday at Wiesbaden, the defending Division I champions earned a quality victory.
The Warriors bombarded the visitors with relentless offense, getting three shots past BFA’s Katie Greathouse despite the Falcon keeper’s 23 saves. Peggy Sue Mathis and Emma Merhar notched goals for the Warriors, while a third caromed in off a BFA defender after a shot attempt by Jade Anderson.
The victory evens Wiesbaden’s record to 2-2 after an 0-2 start. The Warriors visit Hohenfels next weekend.
Marymount 4, Florence 0: Saturday at Rome, the Royals continued their strong start with a shutout of their familiar rival.
Lucia Loyola registered a hat trick to lead Marymount to the runaway win.
Long overshadowed by the school’s dynastic boys program, the MMI girls are coming into their own this spring. The Royals will take an unbeaten record into next weekend’s two-day, four-team Division II meet at Aviano.
Kaiserslautern 2, Alconbury 1: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Division I Raiders edged the reigning Division III champions.
Kalin Olsen dished out assists to arrange both Raider goals, consummated by Jasmine Moore and CeCe McKenzie. Laela Evans scored a second-half goal for the Dragons to halve the visitors’ deficit.
The Raiders followed Friday’s win with a 5-0 shutout of visiting Lakenheath on Saturday. McKenzie and Moore scored again as five different Raiders produced goals.
Lakenheath and Alconbury both managed to salvage splits in their excursion to southwestern Germany. Lakenheath beat Baumholder 5-1 on Friday behind two goals apiece from Gabrielle Garnica and Amanda Stacy, while the Dragons bounced back Saturday to rout Baumholder 7-0.
Rota 2, Spangdahlem 1: Saturday at Spangdahlem, the Admirals outlasted the Sentinels in a spirited Division II contest.
Hailey Gruetter and Kendall Salazar scored for Rota, while Ava Bohn got the home team on the board. Rota continues an unusually busy regular-season schedule next weekend with a spot in the Aviano event.
American Overseas School of Rome 2, Sigonella 0: Saturday at Sigonella, Denise Rapp scored a goal in each half to lead the Falcons to victory.
Maria Rossi assisted both Rapp goals for AOSR, which will participate in the Aviano-hosted Division II meet next weekend.