Who Wants it More?

Breaking down who has what advantage in Sunday's championship

TYLER, Texas -- On an unseasonably chilly night in east Texas, embedded somewhere between Green Acres Baptist Church and Robert E. Lee High School, a coach from Philly was in heaven. He hadn't won the JUCO men's soccer national championship; that test comes Sunday. But can it get any better than this?

In one match, Mike Pantalione became the nation's career leader in JUCO men's soccer coaching victories, and his team topped an opponent with more international flavor than a shelf of Starbucks blends to advance to his sport's national championship.

An expert at game-planning and a master of focusing attention, Mike will tell you that his individual milestone is small potatoes compared to what his players are experiencing this weekend - and he means it. He's more focused, in fact, on his team switching from gold to their alternate green uniforms for Sunday's big game where everything is at stake.





PHOTO courtesy of Les Stukenberg..

ABOUT THE PHOTO: What a weekend for Mike Pantalione. He faces the potential of a coaching milestone and a sixth national title in the span of 72 hours.

-- Article from The Daily Courier. Read it on-line at http://www.dcourier.com.

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