UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer vs Holy Names

SANTA CRUZ, CA--Wednesday seemed a breeze for the Slugs on senior day 2010.  Facing a decent NAIA team of Holy Names College, the Slugs seemed very intent on prepping for a possible NCAA tournament bid with strength and power.  The final shot count was 18-2 in favor of UCSC with Fernando Otero opening up the scoring account for the Slugs with a beautiful chip over the keeper off a slotted ball from teammate Matt Fondy in the 4th minute.  Fondy capped another goal in the 12th minute off a pass from sophomore Aaron Surry, making the score 2-0 in the first half.  The rest of the match was much in the Slugs favor, giving them freedom to control the tempo and possession of the match.  The final score was 3-0 in the Slugs favor, with Junior Ben Middlemiss finishing off the scoring with a goal in the 81st minute.

The win gives the Slugs a bit more good standing in the eyes of judges for the National tournament.  With a crazy OT loss to Chapman hindering their hopes of post-season play the previous week, the Slugs are now hoping that doing the rest of their "homework" and beating Cal Lutheran and Holy Names handily will impress judges and give them more credit to play in the post-season.  The Slugs finish off their regular season at 11-3-3 with only 2 DIII losses on the season, both to top ranked teams.  A respectable record by any standards, but the Slugs wait biting their nails to see if they will be one of the only 2 Independent teams that are chosen throughout the nation for the NCAA National Tournament.  It continues to be quite the ride the UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer program.