The UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer Team took full advantage of their one NCAA game day this spring, producing a 1-1 tie against the Division I, National Powerhouse, Santa Clara University Men's Soccer Team. The Slugs proved that they can compete with anyone at any level out shooting the Broncos, and creating many great goal scoring opportunities on the day.
The Slugs went 1-0 down early in the first half on a penalty kick that was converted, despite UCSC Goalkeeper, Jared Wheeler getting a hand to it. However, the Slugs responded positively, and almost equalized through Matt Skenazy only to see his shot cleared off the line after it had beaten the keeper. Throughout the first half the Slugs had great spells of possession and attacking play as they tested the Bronco defense.
In the second half the Slugs, determined to level the score, attacked the Broncos with energy and nearly equalized through Peter Shellenbarger, and Jason Lent. However, the Slugs had to wait until the 88th minute for their goal. Team Captain, Jeremy Abrams got the ball, back to goal, turned and drove the ball into the far post for the tying goal and his first career goal for the Slugs.
"It was a great experience for us as a team, and really gave us a clear picture of where we are at. It was a very positive performance for us, and one that we need to build off of as we move closer to our fall season," said Slugs Head Coach Dan Chamberlain. "If we continue to get performances like we did today from our returning players, and we get good contributions from our incoming players, I have no doubt that we will be challenging for the National Championship in November."