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MANNHEIM, Germany — Patch’s Lady Panthers, the four-time defending European Division II champions, opened their 2003 season as dominant as ever.

Patch demolished Mannheim’s Lady Bison 7-0 in a game which was stopped at halftime because of DODDS-Europe’s seven-goal mercy rule.

Patch captain Haley Mitchem, a returning All-Europe player, scored three goals in the romp. Tracy Moore, Courtney Allen and Connie Stahl each added a goal and an assist, and Brianne Gemeinhardt, another returning All-European, also registered a goal.

Patch’s defenders held Mannheim to a single shot on goal.

In other games of note:

Heidelberg 4, ISB 0

HEIDELBERG, Germany — Europe’s other female soccer power, the two-time defending European Division I champion Heidelberg Lady Lions, rode a three-goal outing Saturday by sophomore Rebeccah Drennan to their second straight victory.

Michelle Thorne added a goal for Heidelberg, which got two assists from Megan Brousseau and shutout defense from veteran goalkeeper Shiena Bistamante and defenders Denisse Rivera and Megan Bruce.

International School of Brussels has not scored in two outings this season.

Ramstein 2, Wiesbaden 0

RAMSTEIN AB, Germany — Heather Harvey scored an unassisted goal nine minutes into the game, and again at 49 minutes off a feed from Evie Callaghan to fuel the Lady Royals.

Ramstein goalkeeper Andra Vanderneck was called upon to make just four saves.

Wiesbaden got good goaltending from Andy Gagnon (9 saves) and Tiffany Kroontje (10 saves). Meghan Martin and Terra Cox contributed on defense.

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