Royals starting to emerge from close D-I race
Close margins and tie games defined a busy weekend of DODEA-Europe boys soccer featuring important midseason matchups across all three competitive regions.
Naples 1, Vilseck 1: Saturday at Vicenza, the Vilseck Falcons completed an unbeaten weekend in Vicenza with a tie against the Wildcats.
Vilseck beat event host Vicenza 2-1 on Friday.
Emmanuel Effiong scored a second-half equalizer and Reese Lindner made 12 saves to limit the Naples attack and secure the tie.
Ramstein 3, SHAPE 1: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Royals claimed a decisive victory in a battle of Division I contenders.
Chris Slover scored two goals in the second half to swing a match that was tied at the half. Dylan Grimes scored Ramstein’s early-game opener and assisted Slover on the day’s final goal.
Akram Laroussi scored SHAPE’s goal off an assist by Vicenco Iorio.
Ramstein has survived its first four Division I games undefeated. The Royals look to extend that streak next weekend against Vilseck.
AFNORTH 3, Alconbury 2: Friday at Alconbury, the visiting Lions edged their undermanned hosts.
James Barata scored all three goals for AFNORTH, including two in the first half and another after the break. Jose Cordero scored both goals for the Dragons.
Alconbury played Friday’s second half with just nine players and were shorthanded again Saturday, fielding just 10 players in a 2-1 loss to Spangdahlem. Sage Kown and Mike Ohl registered goals for the Sentinels.
AFNORTH 3, Lakenheath 3: Saturday at Lakenheath, Barata was at it again Saturday, scoring all three of AFNORTH’s goals in a tie with the Lancers.
Caeden Sass scored a pair of goals to lead the Lancers.
Florence 4, Sigonella 2: Saturday at Sigonella, the Jaguars dropped a third straight match to an Italian opponent.
Anthony Cassar scored both Sigonella goals in a valiant losing effort.
Sigonella gets another shot at its first win next weekend against Aviano.