European Athletes of the Week for the March 26 edition
Stars and Stripes March 26, 2009
Tyler LewisSoccer BambergLast week:
Lewis, a freshman who transferred from Oklahoma this school year, made his European and varsity debuts by scoring three goals in the second half of Saturday’s 3-2 home victory over Ansbach.
"Tyler was inspired by the defensive players in the second half, who were great at getting the ball to the midfielders," Bamberg coach William Schofield wrote in a Monday e-mail describing his newcomer’s coming-out party. "He felt his teammates read the defense really well and set perfect passes for shots on goal."
Despite his youth, Lewis has been playing the game for 10 years, according to Schofield, who added that Lewis became serious about the game during a four-year stint in Camp Zama, Japan, that preceded his stay in the Sooner State.
Like many of his Bamberg teammates, Schofield concluded, Lewis is a "typical military child. [He] enjoys being overseas."
Coleman, a senior striker who scored 19 goals in 2008, made her debut as a Division I player by scoring four goals in Vilseck’s 4-0 win Saturday at Patch.
"Shamyra is … blessed not only with tremendous speed, agility and quickness but also with excellent awareness," Vilseck coach Brian Swenty said Tuesday in an e-mail describing his striker’s big outing. "She is one of those players who creates something from nothing simply with her finesse and control of the ball."
Swenty added that Coleman didn’t have to create everything on her own. Three of her goals were set up by Tamaria Hollis, heroine of Vilseck’s D-II title-game victory over Black Forest Academy in 2007, Belinda Spiritty and Ally Barnett.
"Many feed her in good position, and Shamyra works well to create open space for good looks at the goal," Swenty wrote. "She only needs a crease, and look out!"
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff