Third-Ranked Maryland Evens Its Record With 5-2 Defeat Of No. 16 Butler
Sept. 5, 1999
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- - Playing with temperatures in the mid-90s, the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (1-1, 0-0) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 16 Butler (0-2, 0-0) in the second round of the adidas/IU Classic at Indiana this afternoon. Ghana native Siba Mohammed's (Louisville, Ky.) first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner for the Terps. Mohammed ended the day with an assist as well.
Wearing their black away uniforms, Maryland struck first when Jason Cropley (La Canada, Calif.) converted at 25:37. Cropley received the pass from Mohammed, a freshman, who was charging down the far sideline when he found Cropley in front of the right side of the net. It took Butler only 22 seconds to answer the goal as sophomore Stephan Armstrong broke toward the goal off the center and found classmate David Beck who evened the score, 1-1.
The Bulldogs struck again at 35:42 when a corner kick sequence resulted in a Dan Greist goal. The score resulted off a rebound on which Tony Beer found Greist to put Butler ahead for the only time in the afternoon. Five minutes elapsed before Terp freshman Reed Rickert (Sewickley, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal from the left side off a Taylor Twellman (St. Louis, Mo.) pass at 40:58 to even the score again. Junior defender Mike Shebuski (Bloomington, Minn.) found Mohammed for the last goal of the half when he converted a tough kick from the ground at the center of the net, 15yds. out. The Terps would take the 3-2 lead into the lockerroom at the half.
Both teams had several good chances to score in a second half that was littered with cards and injuries. Butler's Ryan Foxworthy was ejected after a red card was issued for dangerous play in an exchange with 1998 Parade High School Player of the Year A.J. Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.). After playing down a man for 25 minutes, another dangerous exchange that left Maryland's Shebuski on the ground produced another red card for the Bulldogs, this time for Armstrong. Once the Terrapins were up two men on Butler, the floodgates opened for the Maryland offense as it rattled off two more goals before time expired.
The first came off the foot of Twellman, a preseason All-American pick, with the assist from Maryland's other Ghana native, Sumed Ibrahim (Louisville, Ky.), at 82:22. A breakaway goal from Herrera four minutes later made the final tally 5-2 Maryland.
"I'd like to credit Butler with a good game," said Maryland head coach Sasho Cirovski after the second round game. "I was pleased with our performance on Friday despite the loss. I was disappointed in our performance today even though we won….This was not the Maryland soccer team that I know and expect to perform.
"Sometimes you get a great win off a poor performance."
Maryland's next game will be its home opener against unranked Marshall on Wed. at 7:00 p.m. The Terps then begin their ACC schedule by welcoming No. 6 Virginia to Ludwig Field on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7:00 p.m.
1 2 F No. 3 Maryland 3 2 5 No. 16 Butler 2 0 2
GOALS: 25:37: MARYLAND Jason Cropley (Siba Mohammed) Maryland 1, Butler 0 25:59: Butler David Beck (Stephen Armstrong) Maryland 1, Butler 1 35:42: Butler Dan Greist (Tony Beer) Maryland 1, Butler 2 40:58: MARYLAND Reed Rickert (Taylor Twellman) Maryland 2, Butler 2 42:40: MARYLAND Siba Mohammed (Mike Shebuski) Maryland 3, Butler 2
82:22: MARYLAND Twellman (Ibrahim) Maryland 4, Butler 2 86:22: MARYLAND Herrera (unassisted) Maryland 5, Butler 2
SHOTS: Maryland: 15, Butler: 12
GOALKEEPING: Maryland- Christian Lewis (82 minutes, 7 saves, 2 goals against) Jacob Banas (8 minutes, 0 saves, 0 goals against) Butler- Jason Richarz (90 minutes, 5 saves, 6 goals against)
CARDS: Maryland: Taylor Twellman (Yellow- 39:01, Dangerous Kick) Nick Downing (Yellow- 79:37, Language) Butler: Ryan Foxworthy (Red- 53:09, Dangerous Play) Stephan Armstrong (Red- 77:38, Dangerous Play)