Sept. 6, 1998
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland junior forward Jason Cropley scored a career-high two goals to lift the fifth-ranked Maryland Terrapins to a 2-0 shutout victory over the American Eagles Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field. The win improved the Terps' record to 1-1 overall, and it was their first home-opening win dating back to Sept. 3, 1994 against Old Dominion. The Terps last opened at home in 1996 with a 2-1 loss to George Mason. The win also avenged two Terp losses to the Eagles last season as the Eagles defeated Maryland, 3-1, in the regular season, and then took a 1-0 decision in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In a match, which was completely dominated by the Maryland midfield, American was held to seven shots on goal and two corner kicks. The Terps, on the other hand, totaled 14 shots, including a team-high seven by Cropley, and had multiple chances to score. Cropley nearly missed scoring his first 'hat trick' of his career late in the second half as he saw his ball skid just outside the right side of the box.
Cropley first got the Terps on the scoreboard at the 48 minute mark when he connected on a Keith Beach-Steve Armas assisted ball and found an empty net, sailing the ball into the left side of the net. Three minutes later, Cropley took a ball from senior Pierre Venditti off a long pass from freshman Beckett Hollenbach and drove past his defender to slip the ball through American keeper Jeff Angelucci's hand from 10 yards out.
Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Christian Lewis posted two saves and recorded his first shutout of his career.
The Terps host UMBC on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
American 0 0 0 MARYLAND 0 2 2
Goals: Maryland: Jason Cropley (2) Assists: Maryland: Keith Beach, Steve Armas, Pierre Venditti, Beckett Hollenbach
SHOTS American 7 MARYLAND 14
CORNER KICKS American 2 MARYLAND 3
FOULS American 16 MARYLAND 13
SAVES American (Jeff Angelucci) 1 MARYLAND (Christian Lewis) 2