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Dario Corsetti, the goalie for American Overseas School of Rome, loses control of the ball, setting up Marymount's Siedi Mwandu, center, for a goal during the DODDS-Europe boys Division III soccer title game. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2.

Dario Corsetti, the goalie for American Overseas School of Rome, loses control of the ball, setting up Marymount's Siedi Mwandu, center, for a goal during the DODDS-Europe boys Division III soccer title game. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Dario Corsetti, the goalie for American Overseas School of Rome, loses control of the ball, setting up Marymount's Siedi Mwandu, center, for a goal during the DODDS-Europe boys Division III soccer title game. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2.

Dario Corsetti, the goalie for American Overseas School of Rome, loses control of the ball, setting up Marymount's Siedi Mwandu, center, for a goal during the DODDS-Europe boys Division III soccer title game. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

Allesandro Trombetta, of Marymount, works the ball past Seth Moore and Giacomo Castelli from American Overseas School of Rome during their DODDS-Europe boys Division III title game Saturday at Ramstein. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2. Trombetta scored one of Marymount’s goals.

Allesandro Trombetta, of Marymount, works the ball past Seth Moore and Giacomo Castelli from American Overseas School of Rome during their DODDS-Europe boys Division III title game Saturday at Ramstein. Marymount defeated ASOR 3-2. Trombetta scored one of Marymount’s goals. (Ben Bloker / S&S)

European edition, Sunday, May 20, 2007

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Marymount International School of Rome and the American Overseas School of Rome traveled 1,000 miles to settle their neighborhood feud Saturday.

For Marymount, at least, the trip was worth it.

“Finally,” Marymount’s Siedi Mwandu sighed after scoring once and setting up the goal of the tournament in the Royals’ 3-2 DODDS-Europe boys Division III championship victory.

“Last time, we fell behind 2-0 and had to come back to tie 2-2,” he said of a regular season game May 2 against AOSR.

Mwandu made sure the unbeaten American Schools in Italy League champion Royals wouldn’t fall behind again by setting up the game’s first goal.

Running down the right sideline, he deftly curled a perfectly placed cross into some wide open green space at the top of the AOSR box. Bardo Taranelli outraced an AOSR defender to the ball, dribbled through another defender into the box, kept his footing and the ball against a third defender before pushing the ball back across the grain into the net.

Scoring first made a difference for Marymount, Mwandu said.

“Definitely,” the Kenyan junior said. “It changed the whole game.”

Moments after AOSR tied the game on a goal by Eros Shenediela, Allesandro Trombatta restored Marymount’s lead with a goal of his own.

Mwandu made it 3-1 in the second half, and it looked as though that would be the final score until Shenediela stormed in with a minute left in the game and bounced a shot off the far post and into the net. Marymount and Mwandu attacked once more before time ran out and the celebrations began.

Marymount’s victory restored what it believes is the natural order in Division III. Since the schools began playing European championships in D-III in 1999, every title except one — last year’s victory by Hohenfels — has been won by Italy-based private schools.

AOSR, runner-up last year, too, has won four times and Milan twice. Marymount won for the first time.

Hohenfels surrendered its title on Friday night, falling to AOSR 1-0 in its final game in pool play, which determined the semifinalists. In those games, played Saturday morning, AOSR hammered London Central 5-0 and Marymount blanked Rota 1-0.

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