Knight’s two goals key to Kaiserslautern victory
Two goals by All-Europe junior Liana Knight and a header by fellow senior Joy Hrushka pushed unbeaten Kaiserslautern to a 3-0 Division I girls soccer victory over Lakenheath on Saturday.
The victory moved the Lady Raiders (2-0-2 overall and D-I) within two points of idle Ramstein in the D-I race. The neighborhood rivals play May 12 at Ramstein in the teams’ regular-season finale.
Knight gave Kaiserslautern a 1-0 halftime lead on a penalty kick 24 minutes into the game. She scored her second goal three minutes after intermission.
In other girls games of note Saturday:
SHAPE 1, Bitburg 1: At SHAPE, Belgium, Lady Spartans sweeper Kacie Kappenman kept SHAPE unbeaten and atop the Division II-North standings, according to SHAPE coach Shawn Whitehurst. “Without her back there, we’d have been in a lot of trouble,” he said Saturday by telephone. Both goals came in the second half. Megan Pollock, off a feed from Rachel Poock, found the net for Bitburg (1-2-2 overall, 1-2-1 II-North); Ann-Marie Roa scored unassisted for SHAPE (3-0-1, 3-0-1).
Patch 2, Heidelberg 0: At Heidelberg, Zoey Call and All-European Kylie Marchant connected for unassisted first-half goals, and the Patch defense and goalkeeper Stephanie Velsquez made them stand up. Patch, in its first season in D-I, improved to 1-1-1 in league play and avenged a season-opening non-conference 5-2 loss at home to the defending Eurpean D-I champions. Heidelberg is 1-3-1 in league play.
Naples 3, Aviano 3: At Naples, Italy, Aviano goalkeeper Tiffany Hight came up with a “fantastic save” to preserve the Saints’ comeback from a 3-0 halftime deficit, according to Naples coach Ron Ginter. Dominique Aljabi scored two first-half goals, and Dana Colburn had a goal and an assist to put Naples (2-1-1) up 3-0 at intermission. Aviano (3-1-1), rebounding from last week’s 1-0 home loss to Marymount, knotted the score on second-half goals by Brittany Patrick, Samantha Cordova and Sasia Salter-Mack to set the stage for Hight’s big play.
Sigonella 1, Marymount 1: At Sigonella, Italy, goalie Nichea Harris saved a penalty kick to deny the Amercian Schools in Italy League-leading Royals their fourth straight victory. Earlier, Elena Carrarini chipped a shot over Harris, who made 11 saves on the day, to give Marymount (3-0-1) a 1-0 lead, according to Sigonella coach Shawn McCarthy. Sigonella (1-2-1) answered on a goal by Annalisa Gasporra set up by Rachel Botts.
Hanau 4, Giessen 1: At Giessen, Fei Oloi continued her onslaught on the scorebook with two goals and an assist. Saturday’s haul boosted the All-Europe sophomore’s total to 12 goals and four assists in six games, and helped Hanau (5-0-1 overall, 5-0-0 III-South) clinch at least a tie for the league crown. Hanau hosts Rota on Saturday and closes out the regular season May 12 at Hohenfels. Freshman Tiana Benjamin scored for Giessen (2-3, 2-3).