No. 1 Maryland Men's Soccer Beats Monmouth Despite Weather

Sept. 15, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md.- - Three Terrapins scored and four others added assists in No. 1 Maryland's 3-0 victory over Monmouth on Wednesday night at Ludwig Field. Maryland is now 4-1 while Monmouth falls to 1-2-1. The game was played under steadily increasing rain from Hurricane Floyd, which made the playing surface exceptionally slick.

Senior forward Jason Cropley (La Canada, Calif.) struck first just 5:06 into the action off a Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) assist. Over 26 minutes passed before the Terps' next score when sophomoreNouf Tajini (Casablanca , Morocco) found freshman A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.) with a cross from the left side of the field. Herrera immediately centered the ball to sophomore Erik Ozimek (Columbia, S.C.) who converted from seven yards out. The goal was Ozimek's first in his collegiate career, while Tajini's assist became his first collegiate point.

Junior Jason Sardis (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) netted Maryland's final goal of the night off a header from five yards out. The play originated with Siba Mohammed (Louisville, Ky.) who volleyed to Herrera who found Sardis for his first goal of the season. Herrera now leads the Terps in scoring with seven points (2 goals, 3 assists).

Maryland goalie Christian Lewis (Ellicott City, Md.) recorded his third straight shutout. He also had three saves on the evening. Like Lewis, Monmouth goalie Christian Zentner also played the entire 90 minutes, tallying 10 saves and allowing all three Maryland goals.

The Terrapins outshot the Hawks 31-7. Maryland's 31 shots ties the Ludwig Field record for shots in a game originally set on Oct. 20, 1996 against Robert Morris. Cropley's goal gives him 24 for his career, putting him two away from Maryland's all-time top ten list. The senior forward is also three points away from the all-time top ten career points list with his current total of 61.

Maryland meets ACC foe NC State on Sunday at Ludwig Field for a 1 p.m. showdown against the Wolfpack. Monmouth's next contest is also on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they will host Fairleigh Dickinson.

                    1     2     F

Monmouth 0 0 0
No. 1 Maryland 2 1 3
GOALS: Maryland 5:06- Jason Cropley (Buete)
Maryland 31:50- Erik Ozimek (Herrera, Tajini)
Maryland 62:42- Jason Sardis (Herrera, Mohammed)

SHOTS: Monmouth 7, Maryland 31
CORNER KICKS: Monmouth 2, Maryland 6
FOULS: Monmouth 9, Maryland 9
OFFSIDES: Monmouth 3, Maryland 2
CARDS: Monmouth: Craig Lindquist (Yellow- 54:47)
Monmouth: Christian Zentner (90 minutes, 10 saves, 3 goals allowed)
Maryland: Christian Lewis (90 minutes, 3 saves, 0 goals allowed)