ORANGE (9-4) – UC Santa Cruz and Chapman University played an exciting one hundred and ten minutes of soccer on Friday night without either team scoring a goal as they came to a scoreless draw. The match was the first of a five match road trip for the Banana Slugs.
The Banana Slugs was coming off a 1-1 tie with California Lutheran University on Tuesday in Santa Cruz. The Panthers were coming off an 8-0 win over St. Katherine College in Orange.
In the first half, the Panthers would have control offensively as the Panthers outshot the Banana Slugs 7-3. The shots on goal count also favored the Panthers at 5-1. The Banana Slugs had seven fouls to the Panthers' three. The game was tied at 0-0 headed into the halftime intermission.
The second half was played more aggressively with both teams combining for fourteen fouls, three yellow cards and one red card. Jacob Myers Norys had the Banana Slugs' last shot in regulation, but the shot went wide. Chapman's final in shot in regulation was by Lonrenzo Belassen but the shot was saved by Connor Anderson to preserve the scoreless tie ending regulation. The shot count was more even with the Panthers outshooting the Banana Slugs 7-5.
In the two overtime periods, Chapman had all five shots. None of the Panthers' tries hit the back of the net and the match finished in a 0-0 draw.
Ari Throckmorton had two shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for Chapman, Boston Kimmel had a game high six shots. Both goalies received a tie for their record. The Panthers outshot the Banana Slugs 19-8 and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Like Tuesday's match, the foul count totaled thirty four in all with twenty being committed by the Banana Slugs and fourteen being committed by the Panthers.
The Banana Slugs will finish up the weekend road trip to Southern California Sunday night as they take on Occidental College in Los Angeles. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.