Banana Slugs go toe-to-toe with Cal State East Bay in overtime tie

Banana Slugs go toe-to-toe with Cal State East Bay in overtime tie

HAYWARD - In the first meeting between two old rivals in eight years, UC Santa Cruz and Cal State East Bay tied 1-1 in double overtime.

It was the first meeting between the schools since CSUEB moved up to Division II in 2009.

UCSC improves to 2-5-1 in their second consecutive overtime game. The Pioneers go to 2-5-3.

"All in all, it was a great battle against D-2 competition," said head coach Emily Scheese. "Still some growing pains but we're showing we can compete  at a higher level when we put our minds to it."

Despite the Pioneers having a shot-advantage, the Slugs got on the board first in the 57th minute when Megan Carey took a long clearance pass from goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario and popped it over Pioneer goalkkeeper Jasmine Corbett.

"It was a cheeky heads-up goalazo," Scheese explained. "We caught them in transition and MC caught the goalie semi-out."

The lead only lasted 53 seconds however as the hosts answered back with Jessey Santos sending the ball to the left post.

The Pioneers continued to put pressure on the Banana Slugs but the defense held them off, with Claire Lim Lindsey Archer and Rikki Porter playing the whole 110 minutes.

UCSC had a chance to win it at the death but Cayce Shaw's shot was saved by Corbett with 12 seconds left.

UCSC held off the Pioneers from turning their shot advantage into numbers on the scoreboard. At the end of regulation the Pioneers outshot the visitors 14-6 and had five corner kicks to none for the Slugs. Del Rosario had five saves in addition to her first career assist.

The Banana Slugs continue their three-game run against Division II when they play at Stanislaus State on Sunday.