Women's Soccer Overpower Menlo College, 4-0
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The UCSC Women's Soccer team kept their unbeaten record at home alive with a solid performance and well-deserved 4-0 win over NAIA opponent Menlo College. The Lady Slugs stepped onto the pitch with authority on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for the first match of the double header with the men's program, scoring in the first three minutes of play.
UCSC was able to string a sequence of passing through the midfield and onto Junior Forward Annick Lamb's feet. Annick was able to find Junior Defender Morgan McCarthy overlapping into the left corner. Morgan collected the ball and drove to the endline. She cut back and slide the ball into Senior Forward Danielle Mullen, who was crashing the box through the middle. This is the second game in a row that Danielle has put a stamp on the game in the first five minutes.
The Lady Slugs were able to draw on the strengths of a majority of the their talented squad throughout the second half. UCSC have had 42 corner kicks this season compared to their opponents 23. Holly Sinclair was able to help the Lady Slugs execute on one today as she connected in the air at the top of the six yard box off of Senior Didi Ramirez's corner kick, driving a demanding header past the Menlo keeper in the second minute of the second half. Holly Sinclair has had a standout year thus far, stepping into a stating roll as centerback early in the season. She has been instrumental in leading the team with her inspirational performance on the field and a key contributor on defense in the team's six shutouts.
Two sophomores were able to connect in the 57th minute when Midfielder Katie VonBeroldingen slipped a ball through a seam in the back line of the Menlo defense. Forward Kira Ticus made a great run and finished low and away on a breakaway with the keeper. Annick Lamb capped the scoring on the day when she turned quickly on her defender from a well-played ball by Freshman Midfielder Sofia Juarez. Annick touched the ball by another defender and sliced the it into the left side netting for her sixth goal of the season.
Freshman Janneke Lang entered the match in at the 66th minute for Senior Keeper Katie Loomis (pictured above). Loomis had one save on the day, earning her six shutout of the season. This win moves the Lady Slugs to 6-2-2 overall and 3-2-1 in Division III play.
UCSC will have the week to prepare for back to back games this weekend as they will face Division III rival California State University East Bay in Hayward at 1 pm on Saturday, October 13th and then Division II Dominican University at home on the Lower East Remote Field on Sunday, October 14th at 1 pm. Please come down and support your UCSC Women's Soccer Team!