Banana Slugs Defeat Cyclones

SANTA CRUZ (9-25) – UC Santa Cruz had eight players score goals in their Great South Athletic Conference match against Mills College. The Banana Slugs won 9-0 over the Cyclones.

Both teams lost their last match. The Banana Slugs lost to NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific University 1-0 on Saturday in Fresno while the Cyclones fell 4-2 to Sierra Nevada College on Sunday in North Lake Tahoe.

In the first half, the Banana Slugs would start the scoring with 34:47 left in the first half on a Megan Carey shot. Three minutes and thirty six seconds of clock time later, the Banana Slugs would strike again on a Claire Lim shot to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Banana Slugs. With 24:01 left in the half, the Banana Slugs would get their third goal from Emily Vanasse to make the score 3-0. The Banana Slugs would get their final goal of the half from Joann Moreira, with 13:24 left in the half, to make the score 4-0. The Banana Slugs would hold the 4-0 lead at the halftime intermission. The Banana Slugs would hold a 19-1 advantage in shots and a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.

In the second half, the Banana Slugs would continue to keep the offensive pressure up. The Banana Slugs would score two goals within a minute with Kayla McCord (42:59 left) and Rika Goto (42:03 left) scoring to make the score 6-0. Goto would make the score 7-0 with 39:15 left. Alex Arce would score the eighth goal with 30:38 left to make the score 8-0. Emma Wilson added the final tally with 4:34 left. The Banana Slugs would win the match 9-0.

Lim and McCord both had a match high four shots for the Banana Slugs and Alexis Steele had the lone shot of the match for the Cyclones. The win for the match went to Selina Davila Olivera for the Banana Slugs and the loss went to Tayla Muise for Mills. UC Santa Cruz had a 31-1 advantage in shots while the Cyclones had three fewer fouls (9-6) than did the Banana Slugs.

The Banana Slugs will have less than 24 hours to savor their win. The Banana Slugs' next match is Saturday as they take on NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Santa Cruz. Kickoff is set for noon.