The Ramstein Lady Royals set up an end-of-season showdown against Kaiserslautern for the Region II championship with an 8-1 romp Saturday over the Wiesbaden Lady Warriors.
Visiting Ramstein (6-0 overall and 4-0 in the region) rode two goals each from Tory Coleman, Audra George and Josie Seebeck to the victory. Ramstein led 6-0 at intermission.
All-European Laura Welch added a goal and two assists to the outburst; Sherree Simonson posted the other tally for Ramstein. Welch and Seebeck each assisted on two goals, and Mimi Rivera also chalked up an assist.
“Ramstein did well keeping possession, making transitions and distributing the ball,” Lady Royals coach Ricardo Buitrago wrote in an email analysis of the game. “The defense did an excellent job of truncating Wiesbaden’s advances.”
Ramstein will go into Saturday’s finale against visiting Kaiserslautern with 12 points. K-town, which dropped a non-regional game at Heidelberg on Friday, also is 4-0 with 12 points in Region II,
Wiesbaden fell to 2-2 in the region and 3-3 overall. The Lady Warriors are to play at Bitburg on Saturday, then join Ramstein and Kaiserslautern in the European Division I tournament May 18-21 at Ramstein-Kaiserslautern.
In other girls soccer of note:
Heidelberg 5, Kaiserslautern 1: Friday at Heidelberg, the Lady Lions ensured themselves of a higher seed than their guests at the European D-I tournament by handing the Lady Raiders their first loss of the season in a non-regional game.
Maya Lowe did the heavy lifting for Heidelberg (5-1). She scored three times in the game, moved to Friday to allow the team adequate preparation time for Saturday’s prom. Teammates Melissa Fry and Celina Frye added the other two goals for Heidelberg.
According to Heidelberg coach Jim McCauley, his quartet of Kristine Bremer, Ashley Ross, Kate Frederickson and Reiko Green defended the turf in front of their goal so well that Lady Lions’ keepers Christine Muehlbauer and Izzy Boehm were called to save the ball just three times.
Jordan Parker took a pass from Christina Beltra to score for Kaiserslautern (5-1). Heidelberg will host Black Forest Academy on Saturday in a Region III tilt, while Kaiserslautern plays Ramstein for the D-II title the same day.
AFNORTH 5, ISB 2: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, All-Europe junior midfielder Kaley Harless made the most of her opportunities, scoring three times and assisting on the Lady Lions’ other two goals.
According to AFNORTH coach Chris Booth, however, his defense equaled Harless’ value by handing D-I International School of Belgium the Region I loss.
“… Katrina Harnett, Victoria Vantine, Mackenzie Lynch and Cassidy Harless together blunted a relentless and disciplined ISB … attack,” Booth wrote in an email report of the game.
AFNORTH (4-2 overall and 4-1 in Region I) is scheduled to close out its regular season Saturday at Menwith Hill. ISB is scheduled to host SHAPE the same day.
Bitburg 0, Mannheim 0: Saturday at Mannheim, neither team was able to finish the two or three scoring opportunities it created, according to Mannheim coach John Crocket.
“It was a good Division II game,” he said by telephone. “Both teams had chances to score.”
Next up for Mannheim (1-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in Region II) is a rare Monday game against visiting Baumholder, the team’s final home game of all time. Bitburg (2-4-1, 1-2-1) is next scheduled to host Wiesbaden on Saturday.