UC Santa Cruz Second Opener of the Season

August 27, 2010
UC Santa Cruz Second Opener of the Season

 

 

 

SANTA CRUZ, CA.--The UC Santa Cruz Women's soccer team took the pitch again versus another DII opponent this past Friday evening in what would be their second preseason matchup. The squads had agreed to play out all ninety minutes, two ten-minute overtime periods, and penalty kicks in order to test out their respective players and gain the full benefits of the scrimmage. Presciently, the game indeed needed the double overtime and penalty kicks sessions to determine the result. Both squads attacked with near-chances in the regulation period. UCSC returned to the pitch determined freshman center back Antonia Darragh who obtained a broken nose in the previous match in her first UCSC game after battling for a header. Fearless and with no signs of slowing down despite wearing a protective mask, she manned the Cruz defense alongside senior outside back Greta Brandt, returning starter from the 2009 team. The lady banana slugs were able to lead their team to a scoreless draw when penalty kicks decided the match. UCSC Sophomore goalkeeper Monica Chazen was able to make one key save to keep the Slugs alive. UCSC fell to SFSU on the fifth PK, with the SFSU making a key save on captain Ritz Hernandez's shot. UCSC made three PKs on the day from Brooke Atkinson, Adriana Moosekian, and Becca Hawkins who put away her second tally of the season. Additionally Gabrielle Keeler hit the post and Ritz's shot was blocked in the final kick. All in all the game revealed a young squad ready to do battle with strong opponents. The 0-0 battle within regulation and over-time was an improvement over the Lady Slug's last match-up with SFSU where they lost 4-2 away. This year's result revealed the depth and tenacity of the young 2010 squad.

The lady slugs will be road tested in the upcoming weeks as they head down to southern California to play NAIA opponent Cal Baptist this Wednesday September 1 at 2pm, DIII Pomona Pitzer on Friday at 5pm and DIII rival CMS at 1pm on Sunday. The following weeks will take them to Washington State and Texas to play several key playoff contending teams in a tough regional schedule.