The Holy Trinty Catholic boys soccer team hopes the third time is a charm. The Crusaders make their third straight trip to the state high school soccer tournament this week and after an opening round loss in 2009 they suffered a heart breaking double overtime loss in the 1A title game a year ago.

Both of the losses were to Iowa City Regina. Coach Doug Peterson says the losses have been close ones, and they did play well. The sixth ranked Crusaders open on Thursday afternoon against fourth rated Waterloo Columbus and Peterson believes the first game at the state tournament is the toughest.

Peterson says getting past the first game is a big step for the players and the program. He says it may be a psychological thing.

A victory on Thursday could set up another matchup with Regina in the semifinal round. The top rated Regals open against Nevada.