Stuttgart gets small dose of revenge for title loss
The Stuttgart Panthers exacted a measure of revenge on Saturday, blowing out the Wiesbaden Warriors 5-1 in an opening-day rematch of the 2017 DODEA-Europe Division I girls soccer championship match.
Wiesbaden ended Stuttgart’s championship reign in a thrilling shootout in last spring’s final. But the Warriors were no match for a revamped Stuttgart roster Saturday. The Panthers built a 2-0 lead at halftime and piled on three more goals after halftime.
Trinity Leahy scored two goals for Stuttgart, while Emily Smith, Cami Pereira and Mara Bartell chipped in a goal apiece.
Warrior keeper Karli Wallace fared well under the onslaught of shots, registering 17 saves.
Naples 6, Florence 0: Saturday at Florence, the visiting Wildcats posted an opening blowout of their own.
Sydney Millis scored three goals to lead the Wildcat attack. Genesis Torrent, Vanessa Laird and Roxanne Sasse added goals and Victoria Sasse and Keira Valcin notched assists for Naples.
Naples takes on another smaller school, Sigonella, next weekend before opening its divisional schedule after spring break.
BoysAmerican Overseas School of Rome 10, Vicenza 3: Saturday at Rome, a trio of hat tricks delivered a runaway win.
Alessandro Ianni, Christian Sjoman and Tommaso Anticoli scored three goals apiece for AOSR, the 2017 Division II runner-up and a projected top contender for this year’s crown. The Falcons enjoyed a 6-1 lead at halftime and cruised to the season-opening win.
Wiesbaden 1, Stuttgart 0: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Warriors earned a win with a decisive second-half goal.
Diego Chavez provided what proved to be the game-winner for Wiesbaden, scoring off an assist by Tariq Zangana.
The key early-season Division I matchup arrived amid a time of uncertainty and opportunity for Division I boys soccer, with defending champion Kaiserslautern facing major personnel losses and perennial contender International School of Brussels withdrawn from DODEA-Europe competition. The Warriors can gather further momentum next weekend against 2017 runner-up Ramstein.