The Vicenza Cougars returned the favor the Marymount Royals granted them seven days earlier by handing the visiting American Overseas School of Rome Falcons their first defeat of the season Saturday.
Ronaldo Reyter scored both goals in Vicenza’s 2-1 victory, and the Vicenza defense made them stand up.
Vicenza, which benefited from a Marymount forfeit the previous week, allowed the Royals to move back into a tie with AOSR atop the Region IV standings at 4-1. Marymount, which blanked Naples 3-0 on Saturday, and AOSR are scheduled to meet this Saturday at AOSR, with the winner all but assured of the regional crown.
Vicenza, which improved to 2-1-2 with the upset, is to host Sigonella on Saturday.
In other boys’ soccer of note:
Vilseck 1, Heidelberg 0: Saturday at Heidelberg, All-European Tyler Lewis cashed in a second-half pass from Ryan Corrigan for the game’s only score to keep the Falcons perfect at 5-0 and atop Region II at 4-0 going into the team’s final two games of the regular season.
“It was a tough, hard-fought game,” Heidelberg coach Enrique John quoted Vilseck coach John Sabala as saying. “I would concur wholeheartedly,” John said by telephone on Saturday.
Sabala credited the play of fullback Jamil Benn and goalkeeper Jesse Partee as instrumental in shutting out the Lions, who fell to 1-1-2 overall and 1-1-1 in league play.
Ramstein 16, Bitburg 0: Saturday at Ramstein, the Barons manfully chose to continue playing when the score passed the courtesy-rule-invoking seven-goal deficit.
As a result, Ramstein (4-1-0 overall, 3-0-0 in Region II) posted some gaudy numbers – four goals by Nick McClouth, three by Lee DeBose and two each by Cristian Turain and Drew Guffey. Jake Mattison scored just one time, but he assisted on five other tallies, according to Ramstein coach Tom Goode.
Kaiserslautern 3, Black Forest Academy 2: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Red Raiders kept pace with Ramstein for the regional lead on a second-half game-winning goal by All-Europe basketball star Derryk Scarvers.
K-town, unbeaten at 4-0-1, is 3-0-0 in regional play and is to travel to Wiesbaden on Saturday.
BFA fell to 1-2-2, 1-2-0 and out of the regional race. The Falcons are to host Bitburg on Saturday.
SHAPE 7, AFNORTH 0: Friday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Spartans rode four goals and an assist from Kristian Harsanji to the courtesy-rule victory-margin that ended the game 14 minutes early.
Harsanji’s first goal came just 20 seconds into the game, according to SHAPE coach Tony Harris, and started the deluge that pinned the first loss of the season on AFNORTH. The Lions are 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Region I; SHAPE is 4-1 overall and leads Region I at 3-0.
Hohenfels 8, Ansbach 2: Friday at Hohenfels, Devon Fluker found the Ansbach net four times to keep the Tigers in the hunt for the Region III crown.
Hohenfels, 3-1 in league play, hosts unbeaten Vilseck on Saturday.