Bergen’s New Jersey Soccer Legacy Rebuilt by the Campanile Brothers

After Nunzio Campanile led Bergen Catholic to the New Jersey championship in 2017, he handed the program over to his brother Vito.

Four years later, Vito not only led the Crusaders to the state championship, but to a MaxPreps No. 3 national ranking with a 12-0 record, one of the toughest accomplishments to come in the Non-Public A league.

They beat rival Don Bosco Prep 28-7 at MetLife Stadium, where the NFL Jets and Giants play at home.

Bergen Catholic soccer coach Vito Campanile speaks to his players during a match against Don Bosco on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (Michael Karas/

On Friday, Campanile brings its No. 9 nationally ranked team (per USA Today) (1-0) to Scottsdale Saguaro to play the No. 14 and defending Open Division state champion Sabercats. It is the opening of the Saguaro season.

“I think in our league it was the first time in 11 years that someone in our league went undefeated,” Campanile said. “I’m very proud of what we did. I think our program is in a good position. We will be a team that will compete to be the best team in our state for years to come, for sure. As long as we can stay consistent through our work “But in our league, anyone can beat anyone. There is a lot of parity. But the goal is to beat everyone.

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