CHICO - UC Santa Cruz absorbed an 18-4 shot differential in their 2-0 loss to Division II Chico State.
It was UC Santa Cruz's (3-10) fifth game against Division II opposition this season. The Wildcats (6-5) got a 2nd minute goal from Abbie Jones and one in the 15th minute from Brooke Coehlo, but were shut out the rest of the day by a resilient Banana Slug defense. Chico State's goals came on their first two shots of the game before UCSC settled down.
Malia Starita had a career-high eight saves in the loss.
UCSC continues its four-game Division II adventure with a game at Stanislaus State on Sunday.