In an intense game filled with emotion, the UCSC Men's Soccer team (14-1-0) battled their way to a 4-0 victory over NCAA Division III Independent rival Cal State East Bay (3-6-1) in Hayward on Saturday, October 14th.
Anthony Scarlett opened the scoring for the Slugs in the third minute, when he made a nice run to the near post to re-direct a David Frank corner kick. Minutes later Steve Wondolowski knocked in his 10th goal of the year when Jeremy Abrams played him through, on a quickly taken free kick, and Wondolowski found room to finish to the near post.
Justin Brock, who has consistently put in solid all-around performances for the Slugs, had an other strong performance on both sides of the ball. Just after the break, Brock hustled to win a loose ball on the right flank, that he then played square to Frank's feet at the top of the 18 yard box. Frank then found Harry Abraham, who left nothing to chance with a powerful finish to make it 3-0. Abraham, who also seems to be finding his form as of late, was involved in the final goal as well in the 75th minute. Abraham did well to win a tackle in the Slugs' attacking third, and find Wondolowski with a through ball who then had one man to beat. Wondolowski attacked his defender at speed and then calmly found a sprinting forward Scarlett, who made it 4-0 with a clean finish.
With five games left in the regular season, head coach Dan Chamberlain looks for his team to keep taking it one game at a time, "Losing one game can kill us. If we lose another, it's up for grabs."
The Slugs, currently ranked 11th in the nation, go to work again this Monday, October 16th, when they take on Menlo on the Lower East Field at 4:00 PM.