Terrapin Men String Five Shutouts Together With 1-0 Win

Sept. 22, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - - Maryland (6-1-0, 2-0 ACC) downed Lafayette (2-3-2, 0-0-1 Patriot League) 1-0 in men's soccer tonight, with senior forward Jason Cropley (La Canada, Calif.) netting the game-winner at 23:37. The win is the Terps' fifth straight marking the longest win-streak of head coach Sasho Cirovski's career at Maryland. It is the first time the Terps have strung five shutouts together since 1986 when Maryland held UMBC, Duke, Philadelphia Textile, Wake Forest and George Washington scoreless in back-to-back games. Maryland record-holder (1985-88) was the goalkeeper for the Terps during that run. Goalkeeper Christian Lewis (Ellicott City, Md.) is manning the nets for the Terrapins this time around. Lewis recorded one save in the Terrapins' win over Lafayette Wednesday night.

Hermann Trophy candidate Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) ignited the goal-scoring play by finding Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) down the right side. Buete crossed the ball from the right sideline to Cropley on the left side of the box who placed the ball in the bottom right corner past Lafayette keeper Craig Schroeder for the goal.

Maryland outshot its opponent for the fifth straight game, this time by a 16-2 margin. The Terrapins dominated most of the game earning five corners and allowed the Leopards none.

The Terrapins' next match-up is Saturday at No. 5 Duke. The Blue Devils started their ACC conference schedule last week with a 0-0 tie at Clemson. Gametime is at 1 p.m. in Durham, N.C. The Terps return home next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match-up with Howard.

                   1     2     F
Lafayette 0 0 0 No. 1 Maryland 1 0 1

GOALS: 23:37- Maryland: Jason Cropley (Scott Buete, Nick Downing)
SHOTS: Lafayette 2, Maryland 16 CORNER KICKS: Lafayette 0, Maryland 5 FOULS:Lafayette 10, Maryland 4 OFFSIDES: Lafayette 1, Maryland 1 CARDS: Maryland: Nick Downing (Yellow Card: 80:15)
SAVES: Lafayette Craig Schroeder (90 minutes, 6 saves, 1 goals allowed) Maryland: Christian Lewis (90 minutes, 1 saves, 0 goals allowed)