Local flavor adds some spice to Clemson's win over Terps Tigers prevail, 2-0, as Krakowiak scores both

November 01, 1998|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Seven players whose soccer roots sprouted in Maryland -- mostly in the Baltimore area -- had a reunion of sorts last night.

Four of the players came with Clemson in a game for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's standings against Maryland, which had three on its roster.

No. 2 Clemson won for the 17th time in 18 games this fall, 2-0. Several of those Marylanders had notable contributions, including four on Clemson's backline defense -- goalkeeper Josh Campbell (Patapsco), sweeper Michael Potempa (Loyola) and outside defenders Pablo Webster (McDonogh) and Alan Woods (Burtonsville in Montgomery County).

Campbell and another Baltimore-area player, Maryland goalkeeper Christian Lewis (Centennial), had productive games, as well, both acrobatically saving a couple of sure goals.

Lewis showed his best stuff in the first half on diving saves in the 11th and 20th minutes. The second save broke up a highlight reel shot by Clemson's Wojtek Krakowiak, who zig-zagged with the ball into the box on the right side after a run from about the 40.

Even so, Krakowiak scored both of his team's goals last night, giving him 25 on the season. He beat Lewis to the low left corner from inside the box in the fifth minute and then, with about five minutes left, scored his second on a breakaway from midfield that officials ruled an off-side trap by Maryland.

The game left Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski explaining why his club (11-6, 3-3) should qualify for the NCAA tournament: a strong schedule, playing tough teams on the road, and a strong league.

But Cirovski also said "you can not have five quality chances against a team like Clemson and not put them away."

The Terps pressured Clemson for much of the second half, although the Tigers had chances, including a shot off the crossbar.

The Tigers' 6-foot-4, 190-pound Campbell, who grew up in Dundalk and was an All-Metro sweeper from Patapsco, had much to do with keeping Maryland off the board in the second haf, despite playing with the flu.

"We have more Maryland players than they do," said Campbell, who was not recruited by the Terps. "You come here and see all the Maryland fans -- it's awesome to come here and win like this."

Said his coach Trevor Francis, "He's the best goalkeeper in the country right now, and he's developed that himself with hard work after sitting on the bench for two years."

Campbell trumped Lewis' best save in the 51st minute with a full-extension leap to his left to touch away a driven, diagonal shot by the Terps' Jason Cropley from 10 yards away.

Potempa was cool-headed at sweeper, and Webster, who entered in the second half after having missed most of this season to a fractured cheekbone, cleared a key ball from about three yards during an 84th minute scramble in the Tigers' box.

Six of the seven Marylanders played on at least one of the two Columbia City United clubs that won back-to-back U.S. Youth Soccer Association national titles in 1996 and 1997.

Goals: C--Krakowiak 2. Assists: C--Bower. Saves: C--Campbell 0; UM--Lewis 4. Half: C 1-0.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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