How fitting it was for the UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer Program, that a Senior sealed victory on his last home game of the season. Senior midfielder Anthony Scarlett scored in double overtime to lead the Slugs to their 15th victory of the year, and put them on track for their 5th consecutive NCAA Playoff appearance!
The Slugs dominated the game with the majority of the possession and shots in the first half, but found themselves down a goal after Chris Marshall scored on Chapman's only shot of the game. "We were pushing forward, and got caught on a counter attack. We were getting a bit impatient and were trying to do too much, and they (Chapman) made us pay for it" said Head Coach Dan Chamberlain.
But the Slugs would settle themselves and bounce back through Freshman Evan Chambers in the 28th minute. Chambers leveled the score after being in the game for no more than 30 seconds on a broken play in front of the goal.
The second half was all UCSC, as the Slugs pounded the Chapman goal only to be turned away time and time again. It was not until the 106th minute of overtime, when Sophomore midfielder Davin Kono was fouled on top of the penalty box, and played a quick free kick to Scarlett who slotted the ball home for the game winning goal.
The overtime victory was the 5th of the season for the Slugs, as they moved to 15-4 on the year. The Slugs now wait for the NCAA selection committee to make their decision on whether or not they will be heading to their 5th consecutive NCAA birth.
It was an extremely physical battle between the UC Santa Cruz (12-0-3) and Menlo College (8-5-1) Women's soccer teams today. The forward line, consisting of Alec Drew, Danielle Mullen, and Annick Lamb, affectively applied high pressure to the Menlo defense in the first half. Midfielder Karli Cowman was able to capitilize on a turnover. She collected the ball and combined with Didi Ramirez for a quick wall pass. Cowman ripped a shot first time into the top left hand corner from the top of the 18-yard box with her right foot to score the first goal of the match in the fourteen minute.