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Photo by: Isaac Babcock - Jonathan Mendoza was the Central Florida Kraze's top gun, scoring four goals and picking up two assists while firing off more than 30 shots during the 2010 season. His numbers were good enough to put him on the PDL Southern C...
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 10 years ago

PDL honors Kraze

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Some big numbers put Central Florida in the PDL spotlight
by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

Central Florida's top soccer team has something to cheer about, despite finishing short of the playoffs this season. They have multiple players who finished with some of the best stats in the league.

The Central Florida Kraze's top goal scorer, Jonathan Mendoza, was named to the Southern Conference team as a midfielder.

Mendoza had scored four goals in 13 games with the Kraze this season, picking up two assists along the way.

Conspicuously absent from the all-conference team was midfielder John Sosa, who picked up four goals and three assists in 14 games with the Kraze.

Also finishing just shy of Premier Development League honors, Wesley Giachetti finished high in multiple defensive categories despite suffering from erratic playing time.

Giachetti finished the season with an impressive .714 goals-against average, giving up only five goals in seven games as the Kraze's keeper.

Had he played just one more game this season, he would have been eligible to be in the top 10 for the best starting goalkeepers in the league, nationwide. His goals-against average was good for seventh in the Premier Development League out of more than 300 keepers who defended the net this season.

Had he played one more game and recorded a shutout, Giachetti may have been tied for the best goalkeeper in the country in total goals allowed.

Next season, Central Florida will have a new soccer team, thanks to the soccer club that brought the Kraze and Krush to the field. Though a name has yet to be announced, Orlando will have a professional soccer team for 2011 that will play in the United Soccer Leagues' top league.

"I'm really excited about the future," Kraze Coach Joe Avallone said.

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