SANTA CRUZ (9-17) – UC Santa Cruz played their second match in three days as they took on Berry College. The Banana Slugs topped the Vikings 2-1.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs lost 1-0 to NAIA member Menlo College in Atherton on Thursday while the Vikings won 6-0 over Mills College in Oakland yesterday.
In the first half, both teams played extremely even soccer. Both teams had seven shots in the opening frame. The Banana Slugs' last shot of the half came from Olivia Stewart but the shot was blocked. The Vikings' last attempt was from Maggie Midkiff but her header went high. The two teams went into the half tied at 0-0.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would get on to the scoreboard first. Claire Lim took a pass from Rikki Porter and shot a 35 yard floater into the back of the net from the right side to give the Banana Slugs a 1-0 advantage with 43:44 remaining. The Vikings would respond six minutes and sixteen seconds later as Maggie Midkiff scored from twenty yards out, tying the match at 1-1. For the next twenty-six minutes of clock time both teams played back and forth soccer. With 11:40 remaining in the match, Lim took a pass from Joanie Howe and shot a high arcing ball from 25 yards out to the right side of the net, giving the Banana Slugs a 2-1 lead. The Vikings' last chance would come with 1:54 remaining in the match but Megan Radosta's shot was saved by Selina Davila Olivera. The Banana Slugs won their second match of the season 2-1.
Lim had three shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for Berry, Midkiff had a match high seven shots. Davila Olivera got the win for the Banana Slugs while Jackie McGivney got the loss for the Vikings. The Banana Slugs outshot the Vikings 16-15 and the corner kick count was even at 2-2.
The Banana Slugs will head out on the road for their next three matches. The road trip starts Monday September 26th as they take on California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The match is for 4 pm.