October 28, 2007

UCSC Women's Soccer Come Together, Important 1-0 Win

October 28, 2007

UCSC Women's Soccer Come Together, Important 1-0 Win

THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- The Lady Slugs Women's Soccer team move one step closer to a possible bid to the NCAA Championships with a very important 1-0 victory over Division III Cal Lutheran.  Cal Lutheran's tough defense and speed proved to be a challenge for the Lady Slugs, but UCSC came together and found a way to win.

UCSC tried to make a mark early in the match when Junior Annick Lamb was played in through the Cal Lu defense by Junior Morgan McCarthy.  However, Cal Lu Keeper Kristin Borzi came up with a big save on the breakaway.  The Lady Slugs continued to push forward out-shooting Cal Lu 18-3 and obtaining 9 corner kicks.  The shut-out looked as though it would be broken when Freshman Erica Dubin made her way into the box in the second half, but her shot was just wide of the left post.  Once again, it was leading scorer Annick Lamb, who re-entered the game with 15 minutes to go, that took the game into her own hands.  She received the ball deep in the left corner, took on two defenders, and fired the ball past the keeper at the top of the six yard box to put away her 5th game winning goal of the season in the 82nd minute.

Senior Didi Ramirez had an outstanding game, leading the team on both sides of the ball.  The Lady Slug defense line was anchored by Senior Megan Cox, Junior Shelby Stillians, Junior Morgan McCarthy, and Sophomore Katie Hayden.  They proved strong as a unit, only allowing one corner kick, holding Cal Lutheran in their half of the field for a majority of the game.  Senior Keeper Katie Loomis made one save and obtained her 9th shutout in 10 games.

This win moves UCSC to 11-2-2 (8-2-1 in Division III).  The UCSC Women's Soccer team will play their final home game of the regular season this Saturday, November 3rd, versus Division III rival California State East Bay at 1 p.m on the Lower East Remote Field.  This will be a special match as the team will honor their four seniors, Megan Cox, Katie Loomis, Danielle Mullen, and Didi Ramirez, for all of their tremendous contributions to this program.  Please come out and support them and the team this weekend!