First half hat-trick from Gonzales leads Banana Slugs to win over Mills

First half hat-trick from Gonzales leads Banana Slugs to win over Mills

Maya Gonzales tallied her first career hattrick and seven other players had a goal as UC Santa Cruz defeated Mills College 12-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

UC Santa Cruz improved to 7-1-2, running their unbeaten streak to nine games with their fifth-straight shutout.

It took about 13 minutes for the Banana Slugs to break down the Cyclone defense, finally getting on the board when Julia Hernandez finished a pass from Sophia Makarem. It was up to 4-0 12 minutes later when substitute Gonzales knocked in her first, and she scored her third goal eight seconds before the end of the half to make it 8-0 for UCSC at the break.

Amelia Streiffer made it 9-0 3:08 into the second half and Celine Ertekin made it double-digits in the 61st minute.

The Banana Slugs eventually finished with a 55-0 shot advantage and 16-0 edge in corner kicks. Mills goalkeeper Anais Uriarte finished with 20 saves. 

UCSC plays Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday afternoon at the Lower East Field.