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Alex Birotte from Kaiserslautern, right, moves in for a steal attempt against Joshua Davidson of Vilseck during their game Saturday at Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern shut out Vilseck 3-0 in a battle of D-I foes.
Alex Birotte from Kaiserslautern, right, moves in for a steal attempt against Joshua Davidson of Vilseck during their game Saturday at Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern shut out Vilseck 3-0 in a battle of D-I foes. (Ben Bloker / S&S)
Alex Birotte from Kaiserslautern, right, moves in for a steal attempt against Joshua Davidson of Vilseck during their game Saturday at Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern shut out Vilseck 3-0 in a battle of D-I foes.
Alex Birotte from Kaiserslautern, right, moves in for a steal attempt against Joshua Davidson of Vilseck during their game Saturday at Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern shut out Vilseck 3-0 in a battle of D-I foes. (Ben Bloker / S&S)
Ishmael Hampton from Kaiserslautern battles with Zane Kennedy of Vilseck for possession of the ball.
Ishmael Hampton from Kaiserslautern battles with Zane Kennedy of Vilseck for possession of the ball. (Ben Bloker / S&S)
Jorge Rodriguez of Kaiserslautern celebrates his goal against Vilseck Saturday early in the second half.
Jorge Rodriguez of Kaiserslautern celebrates his goal against Vilseck Saturday early in the second half. (en Bloker / S&S)

Kaiserslautern’s soccer team is going into the spring break on the upswing after Saturday’s 3-0 non-conference victory over Vilseck.

Russell Kreuger and Jorge Rodriguez each scored a goal and made an assist in the victory, which removed some of the sting of the Red Raiders’ 4-1 loss at International School of Brussels on opening day.

"We had a fantastic game due to solid tempo, communication and, of course, shooting," K-town coach Ken Robinson wrote in an e-mail report of the game. "Much of our success was due to midfield control [by] Johnny Fryer."

David Valverda-Var also scored against Vilseck (0-2).

In other boys games of note:

Heidelberg 10, Ansbach 0: On Saturday at Heidelberg, the Lions, held to a lone goal the previous Saturday in a non-regional game against archrival Ramstein, posted a tenfold improvement in their offensive output in their Region III opener.

All-Europe midfielder Kevin Beerman led the outburst with three goals and an assist for the Lions, who take a 1-0-1 overall record and 1-0 Region II mark into the spring break.

Enrique Grandacarpio scored twice and added an assist for Heidelberg, which got a goal and two assists from Malcolm Griffin and a goal and an assist each from Gavin Grantham and Elroy Pretorius, according to Heidelberg coach Perry Puppolo.

Ansbach fell to 0-2 overall and in the region, despite 12 saves by goalkeeper Kevin Stadler. Heidelberg’s All-Europe sophomore keeper, Zach Harrington, was called on to make just one save.

"There was good teamwork overall," Puppolo reported.

Lakenheath 0, AFNORTH 0: On Friday night at RAF Lakenheath, England, most of the effort was contained before many shots were fired in the Region I showdown between AFNORTH’s defending European Division III champions and their D-I hosts.

According to Lakenheath coach Garrett Billington, his keeper, Sean Gresham, was called on to make just one save; AFNORTH goalie Nathan Flynn was forced to make none.

Still, Billington reported, "Both teams played with intensity and movement off the ball."

Each team is 1-0-1, with both winning against D-IV foes on opening day.

ISB 1, SHAPE 1: On Saturday at the International School of Brussels, a second-half goal by ISB’s Yuki Takashita consigned defending European D-II champion SHAPE to its second tie in as many games.

"We’ve got to score more," coach Philippe Kaisin of ISB (1-0-1) said by telephone Saturday. "We create some good chances, but we fail to finish them."

Trent Castro converted a pass from Simone Arcamone to score SHAPE’s goal in the first half.

Baumholder 3, Wiesbaden 1: On Saturday at Baumholder, Cote d’Ivoire native and All-Europe striker Alassane Doukoure hammered home two goals as the Bucs upped their season mark to 2-0 on a windy day. Both victories are Region II triumphs.

Prince Owusu scored the other Baumholder goal, while Ivory Freeman tallied for Wiesbaden (0-1-1).

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