ROCKLIN (10-17) – UC Santa Cruz played their second match of three away from home as they took on NAIA member William Jessup University. The Banana Slugs scored a goal in the first ten minutes of play and held off the Warriors 1-0.
Both teams won their last match. The Banana Slugs won 4-1 over Illinois Institute of Technology in Thousand Oaks on October 9th while the Warriors won 2-1 over San Diego Christian College in Rocklin on Saturday.
In the first half, the Banana Slugs would score first. Megan Carey would get a shot from fifteen yards out and hooked the ball into the high left of the net to give the Banana Slugs a 1-0 lead. For the rest of the half, both teams played back and forth soccer with neither team gaining an offensive advantage. The final chance for the Banana Slugs to get on the scoreboard before the end of the half was a shot by Carey but the shot was saved by Brianna Evans. The Banana Slugs led 1-0 at the halftime break.
The second half provided more back and forth soccer. The Warriors had three more shots (8-5) than did the Banana Slugs in the half. The final chance for the Banana Slugs to get on the scoreboard before the end of the match was a shot by Alex Arce that went just wide. The Warriors' final chance came on an Isabel House shot that went just wide. The Banana Slugs won their first road match of the season 1-0 to extend their winning streak to two.
Arce and Carey both had a match high four shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for William Jessup, Yvette Perez had three shots. Athena Del Rosario got the win for the Banana Slugs while Evans got the loss for the Banana Slugs. The Banana Slugs outshot the Warriors 12-11 and the Banana Slugs had three more corner kick (5-2) than did the Warriors.
UC Santa Cruz head women's soccer coach Emily Scheese said, "MC scored a massive volley in the upper 'V' after a corner kick from Alex Arce. Good stuff. Gritty game but we held on for the shutout. Athena had two very big saves, one on a free kick in the first and the second a smothered shot."
The next match for the Banana Slugs will be Saturday as they take on NCAA Division II member CSU Monterey Bay in Seaside. Kickoff is set for noon.