SANTA CRUZ (9-1) – Matthew Rutledge scored the first goal of his intercollegiate career as the Banana Slugs played to a 1-1 draw with California Lutheran University on Monday. Monday's match was the first of the season for the Banana Slugs.
The Banana Slugs were coming an 11-6-1 season in 2014 which concluded with a 2-1 loss to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. The Kingsmen were coming off a 5-10-4 campaign which was finalized with a 2-1 loss to Chapman University in Thousand Oaks.
In the first half, the Kingsmen would strike first on a Brandon Kearney tap from six yards out with 29:36 left in the half to give the Kingsmen a 1-0 lead. Kearney's strike would be the only one of the half by either squad as the Kingsmen led 1-0 at the halftime intermission. California Lutheran led the shot count 5-2 while the Banana Slugs had eleven fouls to the Kingsmen's four.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs took advantage of six corner kicks in the half. With 22:12 left in the game, Conrad Rowling kicked one of those corners which Rutledge headed into the goal to tie the match at 1-1. While the Banana Slugs played a good remainder of the rest of the match in their offensive zone, the match was tied at 1-1 at end of regulation thus forcing overtime.
In the two overtime periods, UC Santa Cruz had three shots at the net while California Lutheran had one. No shot hit the back of the net and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.
Rowling had three shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for California Lutheran, Pedro Zaccarelli had a game high five shots. Both goalies received a tie for their record. The Banana Slugs outshot the Kingsmen 14-12 and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. The hotly contested match featured thirty four fouls with twenty two being committed by the Banana Slugs and twelve being committed by the Kingsmen.
The Banana Slugs will now start a five match road trip. Their next match is September 4th as they take on Chapman University in Orange.