Naples sweeps way into tie for division lead
The Naples Wildcats sent an emphatic statement to their DODEA-Europe Division I boys soccer rivals this weekend in a four-team large-school meet at Vicenza, routing an undefeated frontrunner and the two-time defending champions on consecutive days in an overwhelming display of force just weeks ahead of the European tournament.
Naples handled the visiting Wiesbaden Warriors 4-1 on Friday, knocking the visitors from the ranks of the Division I unbeaten. Wutti Khotsaeng scored two goals and Christian Albright registered a goal and an assist as the Wildcats built a 3-0 first-half lead and held off the Warriors after halftime.
The Wildcats were equally dominant Saturday as they blanked the two-time reigning champion Kaiserslautern Raiders 4-0. Four different Naples players found the net in the shutout; Albright again scored a goal and assisted on another.
Naples entered the weekend as one of three teams without a Division I loss, but that record included only an opening-day 8-1 win over struggling Vicenza. The sweep of solid German opponents cements the Wildcats as a legitimate championship contender. SHAPE, 3-0 in the division and idle over the weekend, sits tied with Naples atop the large-school standings.
Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden each salvaged a split in their visit to Vicenza by beating the home team. Jackson Peralta and Gianni Dones each notched a goal and an assist in the Raiders’ 3-0 win Friday, while the Warriors beat Vicenza 3-1 on Saturday after falling behind 1-0 at halftime.
Black Forest Academy 8, Hohenfels 1: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Falcons routed the visiting Tigers.
Ethan Powell and Gaddiell Kenmogne each scored twice for Division II contender BFA. Deitrick McMahon scored the lone goal for Division III Hohenfels.
Ansbach 6, Vilseck 2: Thursday at Ansbach, the Division III Cougars knocked off their Division I neighbors.
Nick Benson, Kevin Kamara and Shane Nesbitt contributed two goals apiece to the victory
The Cougars visit fellow co-ed Division III squad Alconbury next weekend to wrap up their regular season.
Spangdahlem 7, Alconbury 0: Saturday at Alconbury, the Sentinels recorded a substantial intradivision win.
DeAndre Gray scored four goals to lead the Spangdahlem onslaught, which reached 5-0 by halftime.
Aviano 3, Sigonella 0: Saturday at Aviano, the Saints picked up a steady home-field victory.
Logan Hinchcliff, Vincent Cugno and Nicholas Gilbert found the net for Aviano, which led 2-0 at halftime and tacked on an insurance goal in the second half.
GirlsWiesbaden stays unbeaten: The first-place Wiesbaden Warriors picked up two quality divisional victories on their weekend trip to Italy, blanking Naples 2-0 on Friday and shutting out Vicenza 4-0 the next day.
Erin Goodman scored five of the Warriors’ six goals on the weekend.
Teammate Audrey Merhar scored the other off an assist from Goodman and returned the favor by assisting on three of Goodman’s scores over the two days.
Wiesbaden hasn’t lost in six divisional games this spring, with a scoreless tie with Ramstein their only non-victory. The Warriors face archrival and reigning champion Stuttgart to finish the regular season May 11.
Vicenza defeated visiting Kaiserslautern 1-0 on Friday as Anna Zielinski assisted on the second-half game-winner by Ryan Larsen.
Division II teams handled Division III opponents: Division II schools Aviano and Black Forest posted sizeable wins over Division III adversaries Sigonella and Hohenfels, respectively, on Saturday.
The Saints snapped a two-match losing streak with their 4-1 conquest of the Jaguars, while Yewon Park had a hat trick with two goals and an assist to lead BFA’s 3-1 win over Hohenfels.