Pecking order established as tourney looms
The final weekend of DODDS-Europe girls soccer saw late-season tune-ups for Division I contenders, a classic small-school showdown and one school's last-ever regular season match.
All DODDS-Europe teams will take next weekend off in advance of the European tournament, which runs May 18-21 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
Wiesbaden 2, Kaiserslautern 0: Friday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors strengthened their postseason seeding with an impressive shutout of the visiting Raiders.
The first half ended in a scoreless tie, possibly prefacing the kind of second-half comeback that has become Kaiserslautern's preferred method of winnings. But Wiesbaden usurped that role, getting goals from Hannah Weate and Madison Barta to take its third straight win.
Barta and Catherine Klein handed out assists for the Warriors.
Ramstein 10, SHAPE 0: Saturday at Ramstein, the Royals unleashed their frustrations on the hapless Spartans.
A week after taking their first setback of the season in a 2-0 loss to archrival Patch, the Royals were back to their high-scoring ways on Saturday.
Erin Soto, Amanda Ambrose, Ebony Madrid and Denae Veloso scored two goals apiece in the onslaught.
Naples 2, Sigonella 0: Saturday at Sigonella, the WIldcats outlasted their frisky intracountry rival.
Katye Cairns and Nora Bair scored in the first half to give Naples a lead that would hold steady over the second half. Michaela Bowling made a valiant nine saves in goal for the Jaguars.
Naples ceded its Division II dynasty to last fall's divisional realignment and will now advance to the Division I tournament.
Sigonella will take a 1-4 record into the Division III bracket.
Patch 4, Black Forest Academy 0: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the Panthers wrapped up an unbeaten season with a shutout win.
Patch finishes up at 6-0-1, a mark that includes wins over Ramstein and Naples and marred only by a 1-1 tie with Wiesbaden. Including Saturday, five of the Panthers' six wins were shutouts.
Brussels 3, Baumholder 2: Saturday at Baumholder, the Brigands snapped a two-game losing streak with a narrow road victory.
Morgan Maloney scored two goals and Lola Helbling added one for Brussels, which registered its first win since April 18.
Karina Inchauregui scored both Baumholder goals.
Alconbury 4, Menwith Hill 0: Saturday at Menwith Hill, the Dragons formally retired the Mustangs.
The match was the last girls game in Menwith Hill history; the school will shut down this summer. Another round of related roster turnover will prevent the Mustangs from fielding a team in the tournament.
Alconbury, an English neighbor and longtime rival to Menwith Hill, made the match academic. Brooke Roberts scored twice, Toni Teti and Sam Zitka scored once each and Ashton Knight distributed two assists in the win.
Hohenfels 6, Ansbach 0: Friday at Ansbach, the Tigers easily won a battle of Bavarian rivals.
Hohenfels stars Amelia Heath and Jessie Gamez scored three times apiece to account for all of the game's goals. The onslaught forced a pair of Ansbach keepers to make 20 saves to prevent an even worse loss.
AFNORTH 1, International School of Brussels 1: Friday at Brussels, the home team's season ended prematurely and without a clear decision.
ISB won't field a girls team in the upcoming Division I tournament due to a scheduling conflict with the International Baccalaureate exam.
Instead of a tournament run, the Raiders will end their spring with Friday's draw, produced when Hanna McCallum scored a second half goal to answer the first-half goal by Lion forward Caitlyn Helwig.