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Girls soccer roundup

Weekend sweep has Naples alone in first

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 2, 2011

The unbeaten Naples Lady Wildcats, scoring at a 5½-goals-per-game clip, moved to the top of the American Schools in Italy League race by downing the American School of Milan, 6-1, Friday and Aviano, 5-3, Saturday.

The sweep upped Naples’ season and league record to 4-0 going into a spring hiatus that will keep the Lady Wildcats idle until a trip to Vicenza on April 23.

Saturday, Alexandra Mack and Isabell Lucy each scored twice to provide the firepower, according to Naples coach Melinda Durham, while defenders Ashley Willey and Alex Foley and goalkeeper Emily Cannon defused the Aviano attack sufficiently to preserve the victory in what Durham termed “a really tough game.”

Saturday’s goals were Mack’s fifth and sixth of the weekend. She found the net four times against the Panthers on Friday in a game, Durham reported, dominated defensively by the aggressive play of Montana Bieder.

Katie Waller added the other Naples goal Saturday. On Friday, she and sister Abby each scored once.

Aviano (1-1-1 overall and in the region) will next play Sigonella on April 23. Milan, which was playing at the American Overseas School of Rome on Saturday, is to host Marymount International School of Rome this Saturday.

In other girls games of note:

AFNORTH 3, Lakenheath 2: Saturday at Lakenheath, the AFNORTH Lady Lions also concluded a 2-0 weekend behind two goals from Stephanie Seitz and another by Kaley Harless. On Friday, they defeated Alconbury, 5-0, as Harless scored three times.

Seitz also found the net in that game despite the almost-heroic effort of Alconbury keeper Alex Sherenco. “She was rock-solid,” AFNORTH coach Chris Booth said of Sherenco, who had 17 saves. “She was pulling in point-blank shots. She faced 38 shots, 27 of them on goal. It would have been easy for her to wilt, but she didn’t.”

According to Booth, Harless and Seitz did more than put the ball in the net Saturday for AFNORTH (3-0 overall and in Region I).

“They provided excellent leadership,” Booth said, “organizing everything and keeping everyone calm against a tough and aggressive Lakenheath defense.”

AFNORTH is idle until an April 29 game at Bitburg and is to visit SHAPE the following day for a Region I showdown.

Next outing for Lakenheath (0-2 overall and in Region I) is April 23, when the Lancers are to host Bitburg.

Vilseck 2, Heidelberg 1: Saturday at Vilseck, Tiffany Ellis registered a goal and an assist as the Lady Falcons handed Heidelberg its first loss of the season.

Thea Dunn, who played “an outstanding defensive game,” according to Vilseck coach Kevin Anglim, assisted Colleen Keichler on Vilseck’s first goal to help the Falcons improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Region III.

Heidelberg, which fell to 2-1 overall and in Region III, cut its 2-0 halftime deficit in half on Melissa Fry’s conversion of a feed from Layna Lowe, but was unable to come up with the equalizer.

Vilseck is scheduled for a regional title this Saturday at Bamberg; Heidelberg next plays at Patch on April 23.

Mannheim 1, Hohenfels 0: In a non-regional game Saturday at Hohenfels, Jolian Gibbons banged home an unassisted second-half goal to lift the Lady Bison to their first victory of their final season.

Next up for Mannheim (1-2 overall) is a home game April 22 against Wiesbaden. Hohenfels (0-3), which was coming off a tough game against Heidelberg on Friday night, endured its third shutout of the season. Next up for the Lady Tigers is a Region III game Saturday at Ansbach.

Marymount 3, Vicenza 1: Saturday at Marymount International School of Rome, Caroline Wiley, Lavinia Salini and Flamenia Vaccarpo each scored as the Lady Royals (1-2) claimed their first victory of the season.

Vicenza, which was coming off consecutive courtesy-rule victories, fell to 2-1 despite Alex Frank’s goal off a feed from Tatiana Miranda.