Claremont, CA -- After what amounted to an eight hour drive from Santa Cruz to the southern California Inland Empire, the Slugs were hopeful they would look alive and have fresh legs for their match versus CMS in the mid-day heat despite the long trek. The Slugs got off to a strong start putting on high pressure all over the pitch and stunting CMS's attempts at possession in the first half. UCSC found some space on the right side of the pitch around the twelfth minute and CMS put the ball out for a UCSC corner. Sophomore #21 Rika Goto's corner kick in the 13th minute this Friday the 13th eventually led to freshman #29 Megan Carey's goal where she was able to put away a ball on a lay-off that senior #18 Sofia Pasarow set up for her in the 6-yard box. Junior #4 Sarah Sadler's header straight off the corner and back on goal set up this string of events where four Slugs representing each class combined for what would remain the game winner. This served as Megan Carey's 3rd goal in the last 4 games in her first season with the Slugs.
UCSC Holds onto the Shutout and the Win Versus Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Another close chance for the Slugs came in the second half when again they were able to find room on the right flank to maneuver after some great combo play through the midfield. A cross that found senior #10 Justine Dougherty's head sailed just inches above the cross-bar as an excited crowd of Slug families that came out for the game looked on.
The game was an end-to-end affair, with CMS sending lots of numbers to press and try and break down the Slug defense with some close calls, but nothing that finally converted. CMS registered 6 shots on goal to UCSC's 5. Sophomore Goalkeeper #1 Gabby Trujillo played all 90 minutes for the Slugs and made 6 saves including a ball she had to come out and smother on the edge of the 6 yard box to preserve the shut-out in the second half. UCSC's back line played the entire 90 minutes as well, including stellar play from senior captain #14 Toni Darragh, junior #11 Amanda Cameron, and junior captain #19 Alexis Dracker. The defense and several other players on the pitch from midfield to the forward line came back into the box to successfully defend the CMS scramble and two corner kicks in the last frenzied 43 seconds of play to prevent an overtime segment and secure the "W" in regulation.
The last time UCSC played CMS was at home on the Lower East Field in 2011, where they won in dramatic fashion in sudden death OT 1-0, but this win marked the first time the Slugs were victorious on CMS turf in over four years. The game brings the Slugs to 5-1-1 on the season and secures their unbeaten streak thus far on the road.
The Slugs will be back on their feet and out on the pitch for an evening affair under the lights at nearby University of La Verne at 7pm on 9/14. This will be the third opponent out of the SCIAC conference that our D3 independent Slugs face this season. They then travel back to Santa Cruz and leave for Texas next week for another 3-game stretch against West region opponents.