Marymount continues where it left off
The 2015 DODDS-Europe soccer season kicked off Saturday at five sites across the continent. The campaign expands next weekend as 21 teams see action.
BoysMarymount 3, Naples 1: Saturday at Naples, the four-time defending Division II champions don't appear to have lost a step.
The Royals built a 2-0 lead halftime lead and broke even with the Division I Wildcats in the second half to start the march towards extending their European championship dynasty. Diego Piorico scored twice for Marymount, while Lotanna Mba got the Royals started with a first-half go-ahead score.
Davide DiCostanzo scored after halftime and Nathan Cairns turned away a Mba penalty kick in a futile Naples comeback effort.
Vicenza 4, Florence 2: Saturday at Vicenza, the Cougars scored the only two goals of the second half to break a 2-2 halftime deadlock.
Andrew Thomas and Marco Peruzzo scored two goals apiece and Marco Peruzzo and Andrew Peruzzo handed out an assist each as Vicenza got off to a successful start in its first season at the Division I level.
The Cougars will face old rival and fellow Division I newbie Naples next Saturday.
Cristoforo Burgisser and Leonardo Giard scored for Division III Florence.
American Overseas School of Rome 2, Aviano 0: Saturday at Aviano, the Falcons recorded a thorough shutout of the host Saints.
Charles Blanchette and Alessandro Elia found the net as AOSR dispatched its Division II rival.
The Falcons will perch at home for an upcoming three-game homestand before returning to Aviano on April 24 for a four-team gathering featuring the Saints and German divisional rivals Ansbach and Hohenfels.
AFNORTH 2, Menwith Hill 2: Saturday at Menwith Hill, the host Mustangs got off to an impressive start to their final season by tying the Division II Lions.
AFNORTH led 1-0 at the halftime break off an early goal by Jesse Timmons. But Menwith Hill responded with two goals in a span of five second-half minutes, with the first coming from Val Evans and the go-ahead score delivered by Clay Warner off an Evans assist.
Koen Frenken scored the tying goal in the 78th minute for the Lions.
Ben Dixon starred in goal for the Mustangs, making 13 saves.
Black Forest Academy 1, Wiesbaden 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, a very early BFA goal proved sufficient to knock off the visiting Warriors.
JinHwan Kim took a pass from Liam Brettenny and deposited in the net just five minutes into the first half.
The teams then played to a stalemate, with BFA's Solomon Kim refusing five Wiesbaden shots on goal.
BFA takes on Division II rival Bitburg next weekend; Division I Wiesbaden tries its luck against another Division II foe in Ansbach next Saturday.
GirlsVicenza 6, Florence 3: Saturday at Vicenza, Cougar star Emma Knapp scored three goals and the home team snapped a 3-3 halftime tie for a season-opening victory.
Emma Nataloni scored all three Florence goals in a losing effort. Victoria Brock, Kiki Sibilla and Lyvia Shields each scored once for Vicenza.
Division III Florence continues its rigorous early-season slate with games against Aviano and Naples; the team won't play a divisional opponent until April 25 against Sigonella.
AOSR 4, Aviano 2: Saturday at Aviano, AOSR completed a boys and girls sweep of the host Saints.
Ludovica Sess scored twice for AOSR and Elyse Slabaugh matched that total for Aviano. Goals by AOSR's Alessia Giombini and Zoe Pippa tilted the game in the visitors' favor.
Rebecca Ives assisted on both Slabaugh scores for Aviano, while Saints keeper Annalisa Hardin made 14 saves in goal.
Wiesbaden 4, Black Forest Academy 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Warriors routed the host Falcons.
Rebecca Russell had two goals and an assist, Janice Teschner scored two goals and Madison Barta added an assist in the Wiesbaden runaway. Jordan Reed added a nine-save shutout in goal for the Warriors, who built a 3-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory.