AC Crusaders End Their Season With A Win

Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (July 16, 2011)— The AC Crusaders ended their season with a 3-0 win over the Pocono Snow in front of nearly 900 spectators.

Egg Harbor Twp. High School’s Silver Eagle Stadium was the setting for the Crusaders’ entertaining season finale.

Shawn, a player on the Hamilton Twp. Force, celebrated his ninth birthday with the Crusaders. After taking pictures with the team, the birthday boy and his teammates led the Crusaders onto the field to begin the game. Once the game began, Shawn and his friends were selected to be honorary ball boys.

The action on the field began at 6P.M. and the 2011 season finale got under way. The two teams came out strong and battled for possession throughout much of the first half. When neither team established dominance, all indications pointed to a scoreless first half.

However, Crusaders’ captain, Adam Sternberger suddenly broke through the Snow’s defense and scored a goal with three minutes left to play in the half. Sternberger’s goal held up to be the only goal of the half and the Crusaders went into the locker room ahead, 1-0.

The Crusader’s late goal had the crowd buzzing as they eagerly awaited the halftime show. Performances by Madonna and Michael Jackson look-alike artists kicked things off and had fans singing and dancing along.

After the musical performances, Shawn, the birthday boy received a special gift from the Crusaders.

Team owner, Matt Driver and General Manager, Mike Nichol presented Shawn a ball and Crusaders’ shirt, both of which were autographed by the team.

When the teams came out for the second half, the Crusaders looked determined to sustain their lead and end their season with a win in front of their home crowd.

The game remained in suspense for most of the second half. Both teams had their chances but neither could capitalize on their opportunities. Then with 17 minutes left to play, Nico Tramonata found Jeremy Ortiz on the back post unmarked. Tramonata played a beautiful, lofted ball to Ortiz who drove the ball into the back of the net with his head to put the Crusaders ahead, 2-0.

Ortiz, the team’s leading goal scorer, put the game out of reach for the Snow when he scored his second goal of the game to make the score, 3-0.

The Crusaders held on to the shutout and defeated the Snow in their 2011 season finale. They ended the season with a record of 6-3-3 and although they didn’t make the playoffs, they had a great first year.

After the game, the Crusaders showed their fans how much they mean to the team. Players and coaches signed autographs and took pictures with all of the kids.

Thank you everyone for a great season, go Crusaders!