Mike Lang scored a goal late in the first half to lead Eleanor Roosevelt to a 1-0 victory over Suitland yesterday in Greenbelt.
The win was the fourth straight for 17th-ranked Roosevelt (9-1). It was the second straight loss for No. 18 Suitland, which had a perfect record coming into the week but ended it at 7-2.
With the wind at their backs, the Raiders applied heavy pressure the entire first half and put five solid shots on goal before scoring at the 38:30 mark.
The scoring sequence started near the midfield line when Roosevelt halfback Matt Assia won a ball, beat a defender and raced about 10 yards down the left wing before sending a crossing pass in front of the goal.
After the ball deflected off a Rams defender, Lang alertly one-touched the ball into the net from about 15 yards.
Suitland goalkeeper Chris Heagy had rushed out to cut off the cross and didn't have a chance on Lang's low shot to the corner.
"I saw a man in the space, so I hit into it," said Assia, who was credited with his 10th assist of the season.
Roosevelt, which has shutouts in all nine of its victories, kept Suitland from getting off a shot on goal during the entire first half.
But the visitors came out attacking hard in the second half.
The Rams put two rushes on goal in the first 10 minutes. Their best scoring opportunity came near the midpoint of the half on a corner kick.
"We kept them from opportunities up close," said Roosevelt Coach George Kallas. "They had one corner kick and that was a dangerous situation."
With just under 25 minutes gone, the Rams' Greg Kauffman set up for the corner kick, Suitland's first and only of the contest. His shot hung in the wind and curved toward the net before Roosevelt goalkeeper Danny Webb reached high to make the save.
Roosevelt has been playing without midfielder Billy Heiser, who is the team's leading scorer with nine goals. Heiser, a former member of the under-16 national team, tore tendons in his heel in the Raiders' loss to Bowie. The senior is expected to return for the playoffs, which begin the week of Oct. 29.