The Stuttgart Panthers beat the Ramstein Royals 4-1 on Saturday, recording a rare lopsided win in the girls soccer rivalry that is arguably the most competitive and evenly-matched conflict in DODEA-Europe sports.
Alexa Smith scored a pair of goals and Lexi Mclellan scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the high-powered Panthers. Marissa Encarnacion also scored for Stuttgart, while Leayssa Murray produced Ramstein’s only goal in the first half.
The Royals and reigning champion Panthers have dominated Division I for years, facing off annually in hard-fought title games before meeting in the semifinals last spring. The teams, along with 2016 runner-up Naples, entered the season as favorites to compete for another title this season.
Naples 10, Aviano 0: Friday at Naples, the Wildcats mauled the visiting Saints.
Isabella Wolstenholme led a parade of Naples scorers with a pair of goals, while Micayla Feltner notched a goal and an assist.
Naples has won all three of its matches this season by a combined margin of 21-1. The Wildcats’ stiffest challenge of the spring awaits next weekend as it travels to Vicenza to face Vilseck and Stuttgart, the latter a rematch of last year’s European championship game.
Sigonella 3, Vicenza 1: Saturday at Sigonella, the Division III Jaguars earned an impressive win over the Division I Cougars. Aeriel Colodro scored twice and Korley Jones dished out two assists to lead the home team to victory. Mia Soto scored a second-half goal for Vicenza to keep things interesting.
Sigonella’s Sam Sanders and Vicenza’s Rhiannon Merkel each made eight saves in busy days in goal.
BoysRamstein 4, Stuttgart 1: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Royals edged above .500 with a convincing win over the Panthers.
Daniel Shin scored twice and Keal Collins and Anthony Villella added a goal apiece in an offensive breakthrough for Ramstein, which had scored just one goal in each of its first two games of the season. The Royals put the game away early with three unanswered goals in the first half.
Naples 7, Aviano 0: Friday at Naples, Christian Albright and Nate Stewart produced the bulk of the offense in a runaway win for the home team.
Albright distributed four assists and added a goal of his own, while Stewart scored twice and added an assist. Joseph Crews made eight saves in a shutout effort in goal.
Kaiserslautern 7, Ansbach 0: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, Pablo Zorrilla and Alexander Dexter scored two goals apiece as the host Raiders outclassed the Cougars.
Austin James, Nicholas Russey and Gaelen DiPaola also found the net in the Kaiserslautern onslaught.
Ansbach, one of DODEA-Europe’s smallest Division III schools, fields one co-ed soccer team, leaving the Raider girls without an opponent Saturday.