Northfield, MN-- After going down a goal in their two previous matches against MIAC opponents and battling back for clutch wins versus Concordia Moorhead (#17) and St. Thomas, the lady Slugs had the goal of coming out strong in the first half of their match vs. Carleton College. On the last morning of their 6-day road stretch, UCSC was able to do just that.
After some end-to-end play from both sides, it was junior midfielder #3 Dru Dowis who found the energy on the left flank to drive down the line and surge past her defender for the Slugs. She unmistakably found fellow junior forward #4 Sarah Sadler who slotted the ball home to take the lead 1-0. The goal came at the 29:00 minute mark, and the Slugs rolled into half-time in better position than their last two games.
Half-time proved to be a rejuvenating period for the Slugs, who despite being away from home on their third game, showed no signs of stopping. The stamp on the victory came early in the second half, where great combo play between Sarah and Dru on the left side led to another great service from Dowis to half-time substitute #20 senior midfielder Sam Li, who dropped a ball on a platter for senior captain midfielder #22 Chay Thomas to rocket home into the back of the net from the top of the 18 yard box. The Slugs were up 2-0 in the first minute of the second half and would never look back.
Further contributions came from several other Slugs on the day. Sophomore midfielder #21 Rika Goto played a great early ball up the line to find Sadler in the right corner. Threading a ball into the six yard box, senior forward #10 Justine Dougherty was able to sneak the ball past the Carleton Knight's goalkeeper around the 60 minute mark. This would be Dougherty's third goal in three games. Sam Li put the final stamp on the game when she slotted home freshman midfielder #29 Megan Carey's pass to make it 4-0.
Sophomore Goalkeeper #1 Gabby Trujillo played all 90 minutes of the match and denied the Knights any opportunities to tarnish the shutout for the Slugs, holding on to all shots and crosses that came her way.
This was a true team effort for the Slugs who showed no signs of being road weary, completing their 3-game stretch undefeated with six freshmen and one sophomore coming off the bench in the final thirty minutes of the game to keep play at a high level. The Slugs are now 3-0 on the season.
You can see the squad and five other D3 teams back at home this upcoming weekend at the Slugfest tournament, where several teams from the SCIAC, northwest and midwest regions will be in action. After a brief respite, the Slugs take the field again vs. Pomona on Friday 9/6 at 1:30pm on the Lower East game field. They will also play on Sunday 9/8 at 10am vs. Illinois Wesleyan at 10am and on Monday 9/9 at 10am vs. Willamette.