Girls soccer roundup: Hohenfels, Aviano qualify for D-3 tourney
Aviano and Hohenfels earned berths in the six-team Division III tournament with shutout victories Saturday.
Aviano blanked Milan 7-0 to nail down the American Schools in Italy regular-season crown, while Hohenfels defeated visiting Baumholder 2-0 to wrap up the Division III-South conference championship.
Both titles carry automatic berths in the European Division III event, set for May 20-22 in Ramstein, Germany.
Aviano riddles Milan
MILAN, Italy — Emily McNulty scored four times and Alexa Wan added two goals as the Saints completed their unbeaten regular-season run.
Even though Aviano (6-0) is assured of a berth in the Europeans, the Saints will still play in the Mediterranean Regional qualifying tournament, which they will host Thursday-Saturday.
Hohenfels blanks Baumholder
HOHENFELS, Germany — The Tigers sewed up the conference crown despite having identical conference records with Ansbach (3-1).
The Tigers get the nod because goalkeeper Danielle Green shut out Ansbach 1-0 on March 27, giving Hohenfels the tiebreaker.
Joann Youngblood and Kelsey Axon provided all the scoring that Green and the Hohenfels defense would need on Saturday.
Ansbach defeated Giessen 3-0 Saturday in Giessen.
Lady Brigands take second
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Chelsea Blandford scored twice and team captain Reese Bottesini added a goal as Brussels claimed second place in Division III-North with a 3-2 victory over visiting Alconbury.
Menwith Hill (3-1 in III-North and idle on Saturday) claimed the league crown the previous week when Brussels forfeited its games against Menwith Hill because of college testing.
However, the Division III-North champ does not get an automatic bid into the European tournament. Those berths will go to the top two teams from this weekend’s Division III-North qualifier, set to start Thursday in Lakenheath, England.
Hanau falls out of title chase
HANAU, Germany — Goals by Hanau sophomore Kyri Bye-Nagel and AFNORTH’s Julie Smith were the only scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 tie, which gave the league title to Patch.
Hanau (3-1-2), which has 11 points in the standings, plays its regular-season finale next Saturday at Patch. But even if Hanau wins that game, its point total would be one short of Patch’s total.