Terps' win is boost for NCAA chances Cropley, Venditti score

Lewis shuts out UNC, 2-0

November 13, 1998|By Jay Spivey | Jay Spivey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Maryland scored two second-half goals and received a sparkling performance from sophomore goalkeeper Christian Lewis yesterday in shutting out North Carolina, 2-0, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer tournament.

The Terrapins, who were the fifth seed, will play top-seeded Clemson today at 5: 30 p.m.

Maryland (11-6-2) felt it had to win yesterday if it wanted an invitation to next week's NCAA tournament. The Terps lost in overtime, 2-1, to the Tar Heels on Oct. 10 in Chapel Hill.

With yesterday's loss, North Carolina, the tournament's No. 4 seed, fell to 13-6.

Coach Sasho Cirovski of Maryland was ecstatic with the win in terms of gaining a berth to the NCAA tournament.

"It felt great," Cirovski said. "I've said all along it's a must-win for us for the NCAA tournament. We have six losses, all against top teams. You know this was a chance to avenge one of those losses from a very good Carolina team. I think this is going to help us make the NCAA tournament."

The Terrapins gained momentum midway through the second half after each team managed only six shots in the first half. The second-half surge came in a strange way. Chris Carrieri, a Tar Heels freshman who scored 13 goals this season, got the ball inside the box and fired away. Lewis snagged the shot at point-blank range at 61: 10.

After that save, the Terrapins were able to keep the ball in North Carolina's end of the field for much of the rest of the game.

At 66: 49, Pierre Venditti of Maryland fired a shot that deflected off several North Carolina defenders inside the box. The ball ricocheted to Jason Cropley, who drove past defenders and sent a shot past goalkeeper William Woodruffe into the lower right-hand corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Cropley knew how important that first goal was.

"Oh, man, it was a great feeling," he said afterward. "You know we had a lot of great chances throughout the game and we couldn't put it away."

A little more than two minutes later, Carrieri got a loose ball inside the box and sent a point-blank shot at Lewis, who came up with another dazzling, diving save. Carrieri threw up his arms in frustration.

At 86: 04, Venditti reached a loose ball past midfield and dribbled into the box for a shot. Woodruffe was indecisive on the save opportunity and missed the ball altogether. Suddenly, it was 2-0.

In other quarterfinal games, Virginia scored four goals in the second overtime to beat North Carolina State, 4-0, and Ali Curtis scored the lone goal in Duke's 1-0 victory over Wake Forest.

Goals: M--Cropley, Venditti. Assist: M--Venditti.

Saves: M--Lewis 7; NC--Woodruffe 5. Half: 0-0.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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