THOUSAND OAKS, Cali - UC Santa Cruz raced to a quick 3-0 lead in an eventual 4-1 neutral site victory against fellow D. III independent Illinois Tech.
"Today was a great example of us playing together and seeing an entire ninety minutes through," said a pleased head coach Emily Scheese.
Illinois Tech marked a return to Division III competition after a week of UCSC playing Division II teams. The Slugs got on the board first in the 11th minute when Carey knocked in a scramble in the box. They doubled the lead seven minutes later when Shaw connected off a corner from Alex Arce, the only corner the Slugs had on the day. Carey had her second goal at the 27th minute.
Illinois Tech got on the scoreboard 8:31 before halftime. Katie Hoefgen's strike went over the goalie's head to finish a wild first half with UCSC leading 3-1.
The second half started with UCSC continuing their barrage but they couldn't add on their lead. Carey eventually completed her hat-trick with an 89th minute free-kick outside the box.
The three goals was Carey's first career hat-trick and gave her 20 career goals. She passed former Slugs Bridget Baroncini and Wendy Funk on the all-time list and is now tied with Brooke Atkinson for eighth place.
"Megan came to play true to form and was deadly. We found her in good spaces today for her to turn it on," said Scheese.
UCSC outshot Illinois Tech 32-7 on the day, with a 21-5 shot-on-goal edge. Illinois Tech's Jessica Park finished with 17 saves. Athena del Rosario and Selina Davila Olivera split time in goal for UCSC, finishing with one and three saves each.