Shutout victories for the Kaiserslautern Raiders, Naples Wildcats and Ramstein Royals headlined a busy weekend of DODEA-Europe boys soccer as the European tournament looms just three weeks away.
Kaiserslautern 5, Lakenheath 0: Friday at Lakenheath, the Raiders exacted revenge for the heartbreak they suffered a year ago.
Austin James scored three goals and assisted on another as Kaiserslautern blasted the 2016 Division I runner-up Lancers. Lakenheath earned that spot in the title match at Kaiserslautern’s expense, shocking the favored Raiders on penalty kicks in the semifinals.
Lakenheath recovered for a less satisfying shutout victory the next day, blanking visiting Baumholder 8-0 behind two goals and two assists by Tristin Reyes.
Naples 3, Vilseck 0: Saturday at Vicenza, the Wildcats completed a successful weekend with a shutout of the Falcons.
Christian Albright, Matteo Pugliese and Matthew Alindog each scored a goal for Naples, while goalkeeper Joseph Crews made all seven saves required of him.
The win came a day after the Wildcats edged another Division I opponent, Stuttgart, in a 2-1 victory. Naples owns an undefeated record with just three lower-division games remaining on its regular-season schedule.
Ramstein 7, Hohenfels 0: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Division III Tigers were no match for the visiting Royals.
Seven different players found the net as the visitors built a 3-0 halftime lead and cruised to the shutout win. Marcelo Buitrago and Dante Lapitan each added two assists to their goal scored.
The Royals now move on to an anticipated matchup with defending champion International School of Brussels on Friday at Ramstein.