European athletes of the week
Last week: Marshall, a senior and two-time All-Europe first team forward, scored three goals Saturday as the defending European Division III champion Tigers downed visiting Bamberg 5-2 to take the III-South lead. In three games this season, Marshall has six goals and five assists. “Anthony gives us a lot of offense,” coach Shawn Rodman said by telephone, “but what most people don’t notice is the defensive effort he provides. He’s all over the field.” Marshall, a team captain who in being singled out for athlete of the week asked that the team and not he alone be recognized, also lends intangibles to the Tigers. “Anthony … is a great leader,” Rodman said. “He works very hard to improve his game, which encourages others to do the same. He … is willing to sacrifice to make the team better.” ”
Last week: Vail, one of the skilled freshmen and sophomores who have helped the Lady Bison go 3-0, scored all three goals Saturday as Mannheim beat visiting Würzburg 3-0. “She’s a nice addition to our team,” Mannheim coach John Crockett said of Vail, who was set up on two of her strikes by Brooke Crouch, a junior midfielder. Although the goals were the first of the season for Vail, she also assisted on a goal in Mannheim’s 3-1 victory over Black Forest Academy, a perennial Division II power, the previous week. Although the Bison are 3-0, they did not take the field in the scheduled first game of the season. Vilseck, citing too few players, forfeited its scheduled opener to Mannheim. Saturday’s victory left the Lady Bison atop the II-South standings.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff