AC Crusaders Still Perfect

The AC Crusaders remain perfect they recorded their second clean sheet of the season as they eased to a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Blaze. In a fierce local rivalry against the only other team from New Jersey in their bracket the Crusaders were cheered on by a healthy local crowd of 1700.

With a strong representation of local players on show the home crowd were in good volume and were nearly rewarded 5 minutes into the game with Nico Tramontana and Adam Sternberger breaking through the Blaze back line with Sternberger unlucky to see the Blaze goalkeeper get a hand to his shot and see it tipped around the post.

The Blaze struggled to muster a response to the Crusaders pressure and the deadlock was broken when Jeremy Ortiz converted Adam Sternbergers through ball.

Crusaders fans were hoping to see more of the same but the first half ended without any more goals and the Crusaders headed into the locker room 1-0 up.

The 1700 Home fans had to wait until the 59 min for the next goal when Crusaders captain Adam Sternberger slipped a clever finish past the NJ Blaze goal keeper after a flicked pass from international player James Totczyk.

There was a low-key but defiant attitude from the NJ Blaze underlined by the no quit attitude and repeated clinical fouls on Totczyk, Sternberger and Sweatra.

The second half finished with a flourish as the Crusaders put on a clinical show that highlighted the strength and quality of their squad. After several changes across the team Rodney Aguirre and Manny Asangmbeng showed their quality off the bench with a goal apiece.

After Aguirre finished with a fierce drive into the top right hand corner in the 89 th minute the visitors’ fragile confidence drained away and the Crusaders added a fourth in the 92 nd minute as Asangmbeng cut inside and finish aplomb.

Coach Gorgiev said “We are pleased to get a win in front of our home fans. We had a great turn out from the local community and the squad showed their depth in the second half. We are very pleased with our defensive performance once again and we are happy with Tim (Vanier) keeping his second clean sheet in as many games.”

The Crusaders are on the road again as they face Pocono Snow on May 28 th and they are aiming to make it 3-0 as they continue their Crusade on the NPSL.

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