Kevin Beerman’s goal in the 60th minute stood up Friday night as unbeaten Heidelberg blanked defending European Division II champion Black Forest Academy 1-0 on the Falcons’ home field.
Beerman’s goal was made even more vital by the tough BFA defense, which Chris Greathouse called “outstanding” Saturday in an e-mail report of the game. He praised defender Yoel Kim and goalkeeper Josh Hawkins, who turned the Lions away 19 times.
The defense for the Lions (6-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 in Region III) has been even better. Heidelberg hasn’t given up a goal all season, and will be looking to remain perfect when it hosts Wiesbaden in its regular-season finale Saturday.
“We enjoyed playing a team of this caliber,” Greathouse wrote. “This is the first time in five years that we have had the privilege of playing a Division I school. Heidelberg is a well-disciplined team that plays hard and is well-coached.”
The loss was a rare event for the Falcons (3-1-2, 3-1-0).
“We had not lost a game since the 2006 double-overtime championship game against SHAPE,” Greathouse wrote. “And before that game, we last lost to SHAPE 5-0 in the first game of the season in 2004.”
In other boys games of note:
Rota 3, Brussels 1: On Saturday at Sterrebeek, Belgium, Alan Dowden scored twice, and Sean Smith once as the Admirals took a 3-0 halftime lead in this possible preview of the European Division IV championship game.
According to Brussels volunteer coach E.G. Clayburn, Brussels tightened its defense in the second half behind the play of Jimmy Russell and Mike Grennek and got one goal back when David Zahnonero scored. But the Brigands had no other answers for the Rota defense, despite the offensive efforts of Brian Desroches, Clayburn said.
Dowden’s goals were his sixth and seventh in a 24-hour span. The senior, a first-team All-Europe player in 2007, scored five times in the Admirals’ 8-0 victory over Menwith Hill on Friday.
Despite the loss, Clayburn said he was “very happy” with the play of the Brigands (1-5-0 overall). Brussels and Rota will be playing in the May 21-23 D-IV tourney at Ramstein with outsiders Incirlik and Ankara and winless Menwith Hill and Sigonella for the championship of Europe’s smallest schools.
ISB 4, Lakenheath 3: Saturday at RAF Lakenheath, All-European Lukas Lanwehr scored four times as the International School of Brussels knocked off Division I rival Lakenheath and assumed control of its destiny in the Region I race.
The loss was the first of the year for the defending D-I champion Lancers, who finished their regular season, and are expected to contend with ISB and Heidelberg for the European title during the upcoming D-I tournament.
ISB (4-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 in Region I) has 10 points with one game remaining. Both SHAPE and ISB, who tied 3-3 in the season opener for both, play D-IV clubs on Friday to close out the season. SHAPE (2-0-2 for eight points in league play) travels to Alconbury, where a win would give it 11 points. ISB hosts Brussels. A tie would give the Raiders 11 points and a victory 13.
Vilseck 1, Bamberg 0: At Bamberg, Tim Bruce’s goal, off a feed from Zach Skells, proved decisive in a Region IV contest. Vilseck is 4-1-0 overall; Bamberg fell to 2-3-1.
Patch 3, Hohenfels 2: On Saturday at Hohenfels, Ross Paxton scored twice and assisted on the other goal to lead Patch to the victory.
AOSR 7, Naples 0: On Saturday at Naples, David Kunin racked up two goals and four assists as the American Overseas School of Rome (4-0-0) positioned itself for an American Schools in Italy League championship.
AOSR concludes its league schedule Saturday at crosstown rival Marymount (4-0-1).
Marymount 5, Aviano 0: On Saturday at Marymount International School of Rome, the defending European D-III champions rode four second-half scores to the victory in its tune-up for AOSR.