SANTA CRUZ, CA--A rainy Sunday afternoon at UCSC brought dirty uniforms and rough play this weekend when UCSC played the NAIA side of CSU San Marcos. The Slug Men coming in off a 3 game win streak came into Sundays match confident and ready for more. They faced a rough and tumble CSU San Marcos that came to Santa Cruz for one match only, and weren't about to come all that way without a fight… and a fight it was.
It was San Marcos that scored first off a header goal from Richie Kaiser from a corner kick in just the 8th minute of play. However the Slugs answered quick and with authority when sophomore Michael Hanabusa got the ball of a quick break from a defensive corner kick, dribbled 30 yards and chipped the CSUSM goalkeeper from half field! Hanabusa seeing the keeper off his line from the fast break took the chance and it paid off big as Hanabusa tied the game at 1-1.
The rest of the match was quite the spectacle as the rain and fog made for sloppy play on both ends. The match saw many fouls and cards, but it was the Slugs that had the worst of it all when sophomore captain Reed Adler had his leg fractured in a freak tackle by a CSUSM striker mid way through the second half. The injury struck deep through the Slugs bench, and it wasn't long after that CSUSM received a red card for a different challenge by a CSUSM player in the 70th minute. The Slugs spent the rest of the match keeping possession and knocking at the San Marcos door. It wasn't until the 8th minute of OT that the Slugs finally put away San Marcos with a great run of possession and a slotted finish by senior striker Clayton Sorenson.
The Slug Men came away from the match tattered and wet, but also with a hard fought win. The Slugs now look forward to continuing their win streak as they travel next to Texas to take on the number 1 attacking team in the nation of Trinity University in San Antonio. This game will be the big test for the Slugs as Trinity have taken themselves to 7th in the nation in the NSCAA polls.