Mercy Cross Crusaders Are Capable Of Winning Another State Soccer Title

The Mercy Cross Crusaders have been kicking up their heels on the soccer fields, highly talented, blowing past the opposition posting 9 wins 1 loss and two ties. Mercy Cross is 4 and 0 in the Division 8 "1A-3A" ranks. Crusaders head coach Mario Camps guided Mercy Cross to the State Championship two years ago and this team has what it takes to win another state trophy.

Camps says, "This is one of the best teams we have had so far. What makes it special is the fact that the kids have matured. They have more control in the game and more discipline in the game."

Buddy Pelligrino and Paul Meneses have been the Crusaders top guns.. Meneses has 21 goals and 7 assists... Pelligrino has delivered 11 goals and 9 assists.

Both young men played on the Crusaders state championship team two years ago.

Pelligrino says, "Last year we came up a little short. I think we took it for granted that we were probably the best team in the State. This year we're not taking anything for granted and I think we're practicing harder this year and we definitely are trying to win another State

Goalkeeper Brian Steinwinder another member of the State Championship teams knows the 2001 Crusaders can win it all. Brian says, "We've got the talent and the skill to go all the way, but its going to take a lot of work and a lot of practice. We're working hard so far and we've played well throughout the season."

Mercy Cross consistently beats local "5A" and "4A" teams on the coast.. and that helps when they face competition in the "1A"-"3A" ranks.

By A.J. Giardina