WASHINGTON -- The Maryland Bays stepped up in class yesterday, but they were no match for a highly skilled Catuense squad from the Brazilian first division.
Catuense used an effective short passing game to strike down the listless Bays, 3-0, in an exhibition game before 4,815 at RFK Stadium.
Catuense midfielder Luis Carlos scored two goals to lead the visitors, who outshot the Bays, 16-7.
It was the first loss for coach Gary Hindley, who has guided the Bays to a 6-0 start in the American Professional Soccer League, a 2-0 exhibition victory over the Baltimore Blast and four preseason wins over collegiate competition.
Hindley said: "Overall, I was pleased with the day. I considered this is a pre-test for Millonarios [of Colombia] next week. I'm sure they'll play a similar style to Catuense. I knew it would be hard for us to focus on this game just 19 hours after playing a tough league game."
Maryland shut out the Miami Freedom, 3-0, Saturday night at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia.
The Bays will meet Millonarios Sunday at RFK Stadium at 6:05 p.m. in a game that will count in the APSL standings.
Maryland came close to scoring twice yesterday, once in the first half on a head shot by Jeff Nattans and once in the second half on a blistering shot toward the far post by Jean Harbor.
Nattans' shot was saved at the last second by goalkeeper Wanderley, and Harbor's line drive from 30 yards sailed just to the right of the goal.
Harbor, who has six goals and four assists in six league games, was shut out yesterday by Catuense defender Fernandes. Fernandes went with Harbor everywhere on the field, even when Harbor was back near midfield.
"That didn't surprise me," Hindley said. "I'm sure some teams will start putting one man in front and one man in back of Jean at all times."
The Bays had trouble just getting the ball to Harbor, who took only one shot.
"We were all too tired to go forward very often," Harbor said. "It killed us to play [Saturday] night and then try to play today. I couldn't go to sleep after the game Saturday night because I was all keyed up."
In addition to fatigue, the Bays were hurt by some poor communication on defense on two of the three Catuense goals.
The lack of communication was caused by some defensive changes by Hindley, including the use of backup goalkeeper Charles Arndt in place of Steve Powers.
Arndt and the Maryland defense gave up two goals in the first half before Powers came in at the start of the second half.
"I wanted to experiment with some things and give guys experience," Hindley said. "That experience will help us down the road. We never even talked about this game until today. We couldn't because the league game took first priority. I'd be glad to play Catuense in a rematch when we have a week to prepare."
Hindley said Maryland had no choice but to play Catuense yesterday.
"We were the guests here today and had to play when they [Metro D.C./Virginia Soccer Association] said," Hindley said.
Maryland defender Joe Barger said that none of the Bays players knew about the game until two weeks ago.
"We played poorly as you might expect," Barger said. "Even though it was just an exhibition, I hate to play like this in front of anybody."
Catuense 2 ... 1 -- 3
Maryland 0 ... 0 -- 0
Goals: C--Fernandes 2, Coutinho. Assists: C--Adinaildo, Marcio, Fernandes. Saves: C--Wanderley 1, M--Arndt 1, Powers 3. Shots: C 16, M 7. Corner kicks: C 5, M 4. Fouls: C 12, M 13.