DECATUR (11-7) – The Banana Slugs entered their semifinal match with Agnes Scott College as the #1 seed in the Great South Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship. The combination of experiences of the past three months, a week between matches and senior experience was enough for the Banana Slugs to pull out a 1-0 win over the Scotties.
Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs won 7-0 over Mills College in Oakland last Friday while the Scotties defeated Finlandia University 15-0 yesterday in Decatur.
In the first half, the Banana Slugs would control the ball in their offensive zone. It would show in the statistics as the Banana Slugs led the shot count 7-1. However, Hannah Pasch of the Scotties had three saves in the half. The two teams would go into the halftime intermission tied at 0-0.
The Banana Slugs would keep the offensive pressure up in the second half as the Banana Slugs pelted the Scotties with eighteen shots. The Banana Slugs would convert with 20:56 left on a Megan Carey shot to give the Banana Slugs a 1-0 lead. The Scotties would have one final chance before the end of the match as Stephanie Hicks kicked a shot that went just wide. The Banana Slugs won the match 1-0.
Head coach Emily Scheese had this to say about the match winning sequence, "It was a beautiful sequence of soccer. We moved MC (Carey) back into attacking mid so that she could face up to goal and we asked our other attacking players to hold the ball in and find angles to lay off. Shaw came off the bench to do just that. Despite the lone strike on the board, we were knocking on the door. To have it pay off with a great combo is wonderful for the team."
Cayce Shaw had a match high six shots to lead the Banana Slugs and Hicks had two shots for the Scotties. The win for the match went to Athena Del Rosario for the Banana Slugs and the loss went to Pasch for Agnes Scott. UC Santa Cruz had a 25-5 advantage in shots and both teams had four corner kicks.
The Banana Slugs will play Salem College for the Great South Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship tomorrow. Kickoff is set for 9 am.