Size makes no difference for D-1 newcomer Patch
Don’t bother the Patch boys soccer team with numbers.
They’ll just ignore them
The 400-pupil school, in its debut season in Division I, got two goals from Shant Malhas in Stuttgart on Saturday in a 5-2 drubbing of perennial D-I power Ramstein.
“We have 30 people on our team,” Patch coach Claire Schoonover said by telephone after her Panthers upped their D-I conference mark to 2-0.
“They had 80 boys try out for their team.”
Malhas, a sophomore, scored his first goal in the 32nd minute to put the Panthers ahead for good.
Patch had scored in the first and eighth minutes of the game on goals by Ross Paxton and Flavius Garmacea only to see Ramstein, last year’s regular-season D-I champion, tie the game in the sixth minute on a goal by All-European selection Michael Soto in the sixth minute and a score by Justin Flood in the 13th.
Patch added second-half insurance goals by Malhas and Zach Schoonover as its defense stiffened.
In other boys games of note on Saturday:
Heidelberg 7, Kaiserlslautern 0:In a courtesy-rule victory at Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg got two goals from All-European senior Sean Kerber in keeping pace with Lakenheath (3-0) in Division I. The teams are one-half game ahead of Patch. Heidelberg plays Lakenheath on Friday and Patch next Saturday.
SHAPE 3, AFNORTH 0:At SHAPE, Belgium, Pablo Martinez scored twice for the defending European D-II champion Spartans.
According to SHAPE coach Tony Blasio, Claudio Citta and Andre Brugmann controlled the midfield for SHAPE (3-0), supporting the offense and helping out on defense. AFNORTH (1-1-1) suffered its first defeat despite the effort of defender Tobias Christmann, whom coach Greg Blankenship credited with preventing the score from going higher.
BFA 2, Vilseck 0:At Vilseck, Jun-Yeob Kim and Billy Reed found the net in the second half to keep Black Forest Academy (3-0) atop Division II-South with the shutout of Vilseck (3-1).
Alconbury 3, London Central 1:At Alconbury, England, London Central also lost for the first time as Devin Pryor and Cristian Felice answered John Secules’ second-half goal with unassisted scores. Alconbury’s Martyn Tyminas scored the lone goal of the first half.