Player Spotlight: Adam Sternberger

Crusaders’ captain, Adam Sternberger, has been scoring goals since he was five years old. The Ocean City native is just one of the many homegrown talents on the roster this year.

Sternberger began playing competitive soccer at an early age, in the Upper Township recreational league. He displayed talent at a young age and soon decided he wanted to play on a traveling club team.

A member of the Pittsgrove club team from 1997 to 2002, Sternberger also played with the Match Fit Academy Crew, earning MVP honors at the Disney Showcase and posting state championships in 2001 and 2002.

Growing up idolizing Brazil’s Rivaldo, Sternberger honed his skills and became one of the state’s best players by the time he got to high school.

His career as an Ocean City Red Raider is among the best in the program’s history. He is the school’s third all-time leading goal scorer with 78 career goals.

A three-time All-CAL pick, Sternberger led his team to two Group 3 state championships and is an OCHS first-team all-decade team pick.

During his senior year, Sternberger accepted a soccer scholarship to play for coach Bob Reasso at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

At Rutgers, Sternberger scored 17 career goals and had 7 assists during his five-year career. He was a three-time Big East Academic All-Star and received two All-Big East Team awards.

After the 2005 season, Sternberger was award the Bob McNulty Award as Rutger’s most valuable player.

“Adam had a wonderful career at Rutgers,” said Reasso. “He was an All-BIG EAST performer and a two-time leading scorer for us.”

After Rutgers, Sternberger played on the US Jewish National Team in the 2005 Maccabiah games in Israel. His team did very well in the tournament and won a silver medal.

Now on the Crusaders, Sternberger says his first goal for the year was to enjoy himself playing locally. However, after the Crusaders’ second game they realized they had a good team and a new goal was set; to make the playoffs.

Although Sternberger and the Crusaders didn’t reach their goal to make the playoffs they believe they had a positive first season.

According to Sternberger, “It felt great to play with players I hadn’t played with in years.”