SANTA CRUZ, CA --Thursday's game for the Slug Men's Soccer Program brought a talented NAIA team from southern California, Concordia University. Concordia was ranked number 9 in the nation in the NAIA national polls while UCSC was ranked number 7 in the nation according to the NSCAA National D3 rankings. Concordia came in with a record of 3-3 and the Slugs with an unbeaten record of 5-0-1.
The first half got off to a rousing start seeing the visitors score first with an unassisted shot by Kyle Hollomon just 5 minutes into the game. It took UCSC just 10 minutes to get one back however with CJ Villalobos scoring an unassisted goal at 14:47. It was then the Slugs who scored again in the 21st minute off a long throw from freshman Alika Okamitsu to junior Matt Fondy, making the score 2-1.
The second half saw play at both ends of the field from both teams, but it was Concordia who put on the pressure towards the 90th minute and scored off a free kick in the 89th minute from Ryan Angell. The game therefore went into yet another overtime for the Slugs. Overtime being nothing new this season for the Slugs, it only took 8 minutes for UCSC to break the tie and win the game off a cracker of shot from junior CJ Villalobos scoring his second goal on the day from a pass by freshman Angelo Soro. Keeping the Slugs record unbeaten at 6-0-1, and looking to Friday's second NAIA match-up against California Baptist University.