FOREST GROVE, OR - The Banana Slugs could not turn an outstanding offensive performance into victory, falling to hosts Pacific 2-1.
UCSC (1-4) lost the second game of a seven-game, three-state road trip in similar agonizing fashion to Friday's 1-0 loss at Willamette.
The Slugs got the first three shots against the Boxers, but fell behind 1-0 in the 11th minute when Wali Alamillo tapped in the hosts' first shot of the game. The Slugs continued the offensive pressure but couldn't break through rest of the first half. The second half had UCSC keep up the pressure and it paid off when they were awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute. Luis Sedano stepped up to take it and buried it for his first career goal to tie the game.
The elation lasted only 45 seconds as the Boxers brought the ball right back and IkaIka Urasaki got on the end of a free-kick for the eventual game winner. UCSC's best chance to tie came with seven minutes left during a corner-kick scramble, but both Nathaniel Payne and Dominique Royall's attempts were fended off by the Boxer defense.
For the game UCSC outshot Pacific 17-8 and had a 3-2 edge on penalties.
Leyton Thommason had six saves for the Boxers who improved to 2-3.
UC Santa Cruz finishes the northern part of their road adventure Tuesday at Linfield.