Moorhead, MN -- The Slugs had a goal of making a statement in their first regular season appearance of the fall 2013 season.
Falling short of the playoffs in 2012 and returning to see the opponent they faced in playoffs in 2011 who knocked them out of the second round, UCSC traveled to Moorhead Minnesota for a match vs. Concordia Moorhead. (No. 17) this Friday evening.
Concordia didn't waste any time showing the slugs that it would not be an easy first match. They were able to put away an early goal off a crossbar rebound that saw UCSC go down 1-0 in the first half.
Bouncing back in what was a tale of two halves (and a few mandated water breaks to beat the heat and humidity), UCSC opened up play in the second half with a strong combo between senior forwards Sofia Pasarow and junior Sarah Sadler on the flank. Sadler's service to Justine Dougherty was successful and after a battle in the six yard box to gain control of the ball, Justine tucked the ball away.
Sofia added her first goal of the season on a nice left footed strike on a cross-field service from junior Dru Dowis. The slugs managed to hold onto the lead despite direct play from Concordia, and they successfully defended a few late corners to emerge 2-1.
This is a strong first statement from the Slugs in moving past the NSCAA 17th ranked team in the nation to open up D3 play. They look now to take on St. Thomas at 4pm CST and will complete their road trip in Minneapolis vs. Carleton at 11am CST.