Metros drop crucial game to Columbus, 1:0
August 19, 2001
Petter Villegas missed a penalty kick as the Metros, up a man for all the second half, could not score a single goal, falling to Columbus, 1:0. Brian Maisonneuve scored the lone goal of the game on an amazing volley early in the first half.
Maisonneuve got the ball after Billy Walsh made another of his famous passes that go straight to the other team, and after Mike Petke cleared it, the Crew midfielder intercepted the pass outside the box and one-timed it past Tim Howard, who had no chance.
The Metros could not muster for anything for the rest of the half, but got their chance in stoppage time, when Robert Warzycha cleared the ball with his hands from the goal line. Unfortunately, Villegas' ensuing weak penalty kick was easily saved by Tom Presthus.
With Warzycha's ejection, the Metros had the run of play in the second half, but could not create many chances. Gilmar, making his first appearance as a Metro, scored what seemed like a game-tying goal but was judged to be offside.
The result gives the Crew a three-point lead on the Metros in the league table with one game in hand.
Lineup: Howard, Petke, Jolley, Hernandez, Williams, Walsh, Alvarez, Chung, Paule, Villegas, Faria. Subs: Gilmar, Klinger, Perez.