With two weekends left, top D-I teams start to turn it up a notch
Division I hopefuls Naples, Ramstein, SHAPE and Wiesbaden picked up victories to headline a crucial late-season weekend of DODEA-Europe boys soccer. Only two weekends remain before the May 12 conclusion of the regular season; the European divisional tournaments follow May 21-24.
Naples 6, AOSR 2: Friday at Naples, the Wildcats overwhelmed a Division II powerhouse with four unanswered first-half goals.
Christian Albright totaled two goals and Nikolas Mihalik produced two goals and an assist to lead Naples, which returned to the win column after losing to Stuttgart and tying Vilseck a week prior.
The Wildcats take on Division II’s other preeminent program, Marymount, next Saturday to conclude their regular season.
Ramstein 7, Vilseck 0: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Royals’ newly prolific offense hung six second-half goals on the Falcons.
Anthony Villella and Chris Slover each logged three-goal hat tricks, while Kyle Vargas and Dylan Grimes had two assists apiece and Gavin McMillan scored a goal and assisted on another.
Ramstein, long known for a methodical, low-scoring style, has ramped up the offense since spring break. The Royals have dispatched Stuttgart and SHAPE, both solid Division I opponents, by respective scores of 4-3 and 3-1 in April ahead of Saturday’s seven-goal escalation.
SHAPE 2, Brussels 1: Friday at Brussels, the Spartans outlasted an upset bid by the tough Division III Brigands.
Alvaro Segura scored both Spartan goals as SHAPE improved to 3-1 overall on the season. Noah Gray found the net for Brussels, which only cemented its status as a small-school title favorite with a strong showing against a Division I opponent.
Both the Spartans and Brigands will take on a dangerous AFNORTH squad next weekend. SHAPE hosts the Lions on Friday, while the Brigands visit AFNORTH a day later.
Wiesbaden 7, Lakenheath 0: Saturday at Lakenheath, the visiting Warriors dominated a divisional foe.
Asa Moncavais totaled four assists and a goal scored and Joshua Scanill added a pair of goals to lead the Wiesbaden attack, which produced four goals before halftime and tacked on insurance scores after the intermission.
Black Forest 3, Marymount 3: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, the host Falcons rallied back from a three-goal deficit to force a tie with the Division II defending champions.
The visiting Royals scored early in the second half to expand a 2-0 halftime lead. BFA capped its tying rally with a goal off a free kick in the match’s final minute.
Dylan Brettenny, Jurian Van den Burg and JiMin Lee scored for BFA, while Mario Freilino, Future Kanyada and Giovanni Taricone produced Marymount’s goals.
Aviano 3, Sigonella 1: Saturday at Sigonella, the Saints produced a season-high goal total to best the host Jaguars.
Aviano’s multiple-goal game was its first since a 5-2 loss to Marymount on March 17. The Saints have since scored just one goal in four matches entering the weekend.