Stuttgart, Wiesbaden tie to enter championships unbeaten
The main event of Saturday’s DODEA-Europe regular-season soccer finales certainly lived up to its billing.
The Stuttgart Panthers and Wiesbaden Warriors played to a dramatic 2-2 draw Saturday at Stuttgart, a fitting outcome for a last-minute clash between the last two Division I European champions.
Defending champion Stuttgart pulled ahead 2-0 on scores by Lilly Lakich and Liv Sullens and appeared headed for a sixth straight victory in as many games this spring. But Wiesbaden, which stunned Stuttgart in a title-match shootout to win the 2017 divisional title, halved the deficit on a penalty kick before star scorer Erin Goodman delivered the equalizing goal from deep to force the tie.
The Panthers and Warriors will head into the Division I European tournament as the bracket’s only unbeaten teams. The four-day tournament runs May 20-23 at sites around the Kaiserslautern Military Community. All DODEA-Europe teams are idle next weekend in preparation for the postseason.
Sigonella 3, American Overseas School of Rome 0: Saturday at Rome, the Jaguars wrapped up their season with a shutout on the road.
Aeriell Colodro, Izabella Cetrano and Kenzie Brown provided the goals for Sigonella, while Emma Taylor dished out two assists. Ashlee Stuart made 14 saves in goal to preserve the clean sheet.
SHAPE 7, Brussels 0: Saturday at Brussels, the Spartans bounced back from their first and only loss of the season with a thorough defeat of the host Brigands.
Almudena Vijand Labrado and Nia Moore led the SHAPE offense with two goals and an assist apiece.
Spangdahlem 6, AFNORTH 1: Saturday at Spangdahlem, the Division III Sentinels knocked off the Division II Lions. Sadie Bisarra, Chloe Smith and Chesney Tieyah found the net for Spangdahlem, which finishes the regular season as the division’s only unbeaten team and likely top seed in the upcoming small-school European tournament. Vicenza 1, Aviano 1: Saturday at Vicenza, the local Italian rivals traded goals in a season-ending tie. Vicenza’s Kelly Shinners scored in the first half to put the Cougars on top. Danielle Kandle answered after halftime to bring the Saints back even. Both goalies excelled in keeping the scoring to a minimum. Vicenza’s Kate Hunter made 13 saves, while Aviano counterpart Samantha Kandle made 10. Vilseck 4, Hohenfels 3: Saturday at Vilseck, the Division I Falcons edged their tough Division III neighbors. Vilseck’s Hannah Marr and Alivia Padgett and Hohenfels’ Kyniee Edwards scored two goals apiece in the high-scoring matchup. Mia Chon preserved the Vilseck win with 19 saves in the Falcon goal.