Not only do Matthew C. Perry’s boys and girls soccer teams and Nile C. Kinnick’s girls team succeed on the field, they’ve proven they can crack the books as well, at least based on awards they received earlier this month.
Two Matthew C. Perry senior strikers - Kai Lange and Micayla Feltner - closed their careers by earning United Soccer Coaches of America All-America honors, while a Nile C. Kinnick sophomore - Maggie Donnelly - was named to the USCA All-North Region team.
Soccer champions Staci Wilson, Nikki Serlenga, Saskia Webber and Shannon MacMillan found themselves so impressed with the skill levels of Camp Zama soccer players during a soccer clinic here that they dispensed with some of the basic drills they had planned and went on to more complicated drills and playing.
Defending Division II champions also had a field day on the soccer pitch, as Christian Academy Japan’s boys and Yokota’s girls finished Wednesday unbeaten, with the Knights taking the top seed entering the boys double-elimination playoffs.
Kian Smith could not have felt worse about a victory. The senior striker and his Kadena Panthers teammates had just beaten host Matthew C. Perry 2-1 to take fifth place in the Perry Cup tournament on March 23.
Kai Lange capped a weekend in which he scored 11 goals by netting a hat trick in Saturday’s final of the DODEA-Japan boys soccer tournament. That helped host Matthew C. Perry shock favored Nile C. Kinnick 4-1 in the title match.