October 31, 2010

UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer vs Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, CA-- Halloween brought a close scare for the Slug men this year.  With a must-win match against Cal Lutheran in order to be considered for a NCAA tournament spot, the Slugs had a lot on their shoulders to finish their last LA road trip Sunday.  After losing in an OT thriller to Chapman Friday night, the Slugs knew that in order to even still be in consideration for the NCAA national tournament, they had to be Cal Lutheran, and beat them handily. 

The first half was of the match in Thousand Oaks was a wild one.  Just 5 minutes into the match where Cal Lutheran had only touched the ball twice, the Kingsman of Cal Lutheran seemed to breeze through the Slug defense with almost open arms where Kyle Flemming finished a ball meant as a clearance from his teammate, stunning the Slug defense.  However, the lead was quick with a pressuring Slug team.  Freshman Neil Hetzel finished a "hustle goal" from teammate Clay Sorensen in the 17th minute when Sorensen caught a Cal Lu defender off guard by clawing at the defenders back to keep a ball in bounds from the Lutheran end-line.  Just when the Slugs thought they had the game under control the Kingsman came back with another unexpected goal off a header in the 31st minute.  Going into the half the Slugs found themselves stunned and on their heels again.

The second half was a different story for the Slugs.  After being left with anger and frustration in the first half, they took their destiny into their own hands in the second half with 5 goals!  With captain Dan Seltzer leading the charge the Slugs came out quick and finished strong adding goals by Seltzer, Fondy and Sorensen.  Seltzer and Fondy both tallying 2 goals a piece, and Sorensen closing the deal with one of his own to finish off the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen 6-2!  The Slugs finished off their road trip to LA in good fashion and have left judges with a better look at their game in hopes of the national tournament. 

The Slugs now look to Wednesday when they have their last regular game of the season against Holy Name College, a decent NAIA side.  From their the Slugs will await their destiny in 2010 hoping that their road trip to LA to finish the season kept them in good standing with the NCAA tournament committee.