PASADENA- UC Santa Cruz finished their sunny Southern California road trip this Saturday, dominating with a decisive 6-1 win over the Caltech Beavers. The victory added to the Slugs' now four-game non-losing streak against SCIAC Conference teams.
The UC Santa Cruz Slugs completed their roadtrip 2-0 and are now 3-1-1.
UC Santa Cruz settled and controlled the game throughout, moving the ball around and creating easy routes to the goal for one another. Their team-play and aggressiveness contributed to a season-high 19 shot attempts, along with season-highs of 6 goals (by 5 players) and 4 assists.
6:29 into the match was the first and last time the Slugs heard from the Beaver offense. Krystin Brown scored early for Caltech to give the hosts a 1-0 lead but Maya Gonzales answered 2:35 later, off an assist from Amelia Streiffer right up the middle. Peyton Bell scored her first career goal today, with an outstanding free kick to put the Slugs up 2-1 27:03 into the game. Karina Bulli came off the bench and scored twice: at 37:15 as Caitlin Pieper and Chella Grattet combined to create an open route, and at the 42:27 mark, again assisted by Pieper this time on a throw-in to make it 4-1.
In the second half, UCSC added two more goals. Freshman Tianna Knox completed a perfect pass in traffic leading to an incredible goal by Izel Gutierrez, a rocket from the right upper corner and right past the Beaver keeper's grasp.
Pieper completed scoring at the 76:30 mark, unbothered by the scramble in front of the net, following a corner kick from Gutierrez.
After the long drive back to Santa Cruz, the Slugs will be back on the field this Tuesday, September 17 to compete with Simpson University.