They began their respective seasons like a house afire, but Zama American’s and Kubasaki’s girls soccer teams have cooled off noticeably the last couple of weeks.

Roxanne Clement scored her 12th goal of the season from 35 yards out on Monday as defending Far East Class AA champion American School In Japan (10-0) shut out Zama American 1-0 at Sagamihara Housing Area. The loss dropped the Trojans to 13-3-2 after a 12-0-1 start.

"We had our opportunities," Zama coach Rogers Pitts said, citing three good chances early in the second half before Clement scored the winner. "The ball just didn’t bounce our way."

Clement stole the ball at midfield center, then lofted a high shot into the net.

It was ASIJ’s second victory in six days over Zama; ASIJ beat the Trojans 3-1 on April 14 at Mustang Valley.

"They’ve got a good squad," Pitts said of ASIJ. "They’ve got good legs, they’re fast, they’re big, they’re tall, well-coached and disciplined. Once we start playing less kickball and more soccer, we’ll be OK."

Kubasaki, which had won its first nine games, had that streak halted on Saturday when the Dragons tied FC Unai, a Japanese club team. Kuabaskai then lost to FC Unai 3-1 on Sunday at Mike Petty Stadium.

Like Zama, Kubasaki missed six total wide-open chances in its two matches with FC Unai, which Dragons coach Terry Chumley called the "best passing team we’ve played against."

"That will help improve our game," Chumley said, adding that the Dragons must work on "conditioning and controlling emotions."

She refused to blame the non-victories on illness, which slowed backline sisters Chelsea and Sydnie Bligh.

"No excuses," Chumley said. "We have to rise to the occasion no matter what we’re given."

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