Stuttgart, Ramstein continue to dominate foes
If history is a guide, then the defending Division I European girls soccer champion Stuttgart Panthers are bound for a rematch with the Ramstein Royals on May 21. Those two teams played to a tie earlier this spring and won't meet again until the postseason.
Until then, they can deliver only indirect blows against each other via third-party shows of force. This weekend, they each did exactly that.
On Saturday, the Panthers routed Black Forest Academy, a previously unbeaten Division II entry, by a stunning score of 9-1.
Stuttgart scored its first goal just six minutes into the game, had three more at the 18-minute mark and owned a 6-0 lead by halftime. Kat Farrar, Madison Barta and Alexa Smith scored two goals apiece in the onslaught, while Emily Smith contributed three assists and a goal.
That impressive display came a day after Ramstein took to the road and dismantled a very solid Division I squad, Wiesbaden, in a 4-0 shutout. Ramstein ruthlessly outplayed the Warriors throughout, posting two goals in each half as its lead steadily inflated. Kendall Spohr scored three goals to lead the way.
Both the Panthers and Royals have one last regular-season tune-up before presumably entering the tournament as co-favorites. Ramstein hosts International School of Brussels while Stuttgart visits Vilseck.
Wiesbaden 4, Vilseck 1: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Warriors got back in the win column with a thorough defeat of the visiting Falcons.
Camryn Hickson totaled two goals and an assist in the runaway win, which saw the Warriors build a prohibitive 3-0 advantage at halftime.
Lakenheath 2, Brussels 0: Saturday at Brussels, the Lancers scored two goals after halftime to break open a scoreless tie and record a win.
Jasmine Lopez and Kaitlyn Novotny found the net for Lakenheath, finally evading Brussels goalkeeper Maria Vahrenhorst, who posted 11 saves in the game.
Baumholder 3, Hohenfels 2: Saturday at Baumholder, the Bucs picked up a quality win over the defending Division II European champions.
Karina Inchauregui scored two goals for the Bucs, while Celina Orozco added another score and Eliyah Tillman supplied an assist.
The win was just the second of the season for Division III Baumholder, which travels to AFNORTH to wrap up the regular season next Saturday.
Sigonella 4, American Overseas School of Rome 2: Saturday at Rome, the Jaguars doubled up the host Falcons with a pair of unanswered second-half goals.
Caitlin Newman-Sanders scored twice for Sigonella, while Lynda Reed had a goal and an assist.
The game was the last of the regular season for each side. AOSR will enter Division II competition and Sigonella will test the Division III bracket when the European tournament opens May 18 at Kaiserslautern Military Community.
AFNORTH 3, Alconbury 0: Saturday at Alconbury, the Lions used a familiar formula to blank the host Dragons.
Caitlyn Helwig scored twice and Caitlin Fenton had a goal and an assist for AFNORTH as the pair perpetuated their dominant spring. Helwig and Fenton did all their damage after halftime, breaking open a defensive struggle that left both teams scoreless entering the break.