Local flavor adds some spice to Clemson's win over Terps Krakowiak has both goals in Tigers' 2-0 victory

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

COLLEGE PARK -- Clemson's No. 2-ranked men's soccer team put what might be described as its Maryland-bred "department of defense" on display against the University of Maryland at Ludwig Field last night.

The three defenders and goalkeeper, three with Baltimore-area roots and the other from Burtonsville in Montgomery County, seriously frustrated the Terps, 2-0.

The win was the 17th in 18 games for the Tigers, who are in second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 4-1-0 record.

The loss dropped Maryland (11-6, 3-3) to the middle of the ACC pack and dealt a blow to its Clemson goalkeeper Josh Campbell (Patapsco), sweeper Michael Potempa (Loyola) and outside defenders Pablo Webster (McDonogh) and Alan Woods (Paint Branch) were hard on Maryland's attack all evening.

Another Baltimore-area player, Maryland goalkeeper Christian Lewis (Centennial), also played well, despite the loss.

All of those Maryland-area players were on at least one of the two Columbia City United club teams that won U.S. Youth Soccer Association national championships in 1996 and 1997.

The Terps' Lewis showed his best stuff in the first half on diving saves in the 11th and 20th minutes. The second save broke up a 40-yard, right-side run into the box and on-target shot by Clemson's Wojtek Krakowiak.

That aside, Krakowiak still scored both Tigers' goals, giving him 25 on the season, possibly the nation's best once NCAA stats are updated for the week.

He beat Lewis to the low left corner from inside the box in the fifth minute. With about five minutes left, he scored the one-on-one clincher in a breakaway from midfield that, officials ruled, beat Maryland's off-side trap.

Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski liked some of his team's effort, especially the offensive pressure it applied in the second half.

But he also summed the game up by saying, "You cannot have five quality chances against a team like Clemson and not put them away."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Campbell, who grew up in Dundalk and was an All-Metro sweeper at Patapsco, had much to do with keeping the Terps off the board, especially in the second half.

"We have more Maryland players than they do," said Campbell, whom the Terps did not recruit. "You come here and see all the Maryland flags -- it's awesome to be here and win like this."

Said Clemson coach Trevor Adair of Campbell, "He's one of the best goalkeepers 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 work in the 51st minute with a full-extension leap to his left to barely touch wide a driven, diagonal shot by the Terps' Jason Cropley in the box, 10 yards to the left of goal. Potempa and Woods, a U.S. Olympic team-pool member, kept their poise at sweeper and left-side defense.

Webster, who entered in the second half after having missed most of the season after suffering a fractured cheekbone and left-eye socket during a collision of heads in Clemson's second game, cleared a key ball from about 3 yards during an 84th-minute scramble in the Tigers' box.

Adair had ample praise for his Maryland contingent, which he called "the backbone of our program."

"They can get Clemson a national championship," he said. "They've brought us to the top quickly.

"I like kids from this part of the country, because they play hard-nosed soccer, and there's a lot of good competition, which makes better players."

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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