UC Santa Cruz Men's Soccer vs Trinity
SAN ANTONIO, TX--Sunday was hot and humid, something that challenges even the best of Slugs. San Antonio was proving to be a hard place to play for the Slugs as the heat reached the high 80's, and the sun beat down upon the beautiful Bermuda grass of top ranked Trinity University. Trinity coming into the match without a home loss in over 5 years, and ranked 6th in the NCAA polls in the nation, had confidence on their side. It was the Slugs this time that had to make the trip to prove themselves worthy of being considered one of the best in the nation Sunday.
The game got off to a Slug goal in the 11th minute by Freshman Neil Hetzel from a ball through from Junior Chris Busch! The Slugs came out firing hard and fast, showing as much pace and fire power as the number one attacking team in the nation, Trinity. However, the Slugs proved to be outmatched over time by the Tigers, the heat, and the best attack in the nation. The Trinity Tigers slotted three goals past the Slugs over the next 80 minutes, scoring in the 24th, 36th, and 69th minutes. The first half saw both sides up and down the field huffing and puffing, playing hard and fast. They second half however, saw both teams being dominated by weather, and the Tigers dealing with it better than the Slugs. The Tigers took a low-pressure approach to the second half, playing smart football and waiting for chances from the Slugs.
In the end, with a final score of 3-1 the Slugs had faced the best. After beating UCSC, Trinity moves to number one in the nation Monday from the NCAA polls. The Slugs have faced the best and stand measured with hopeful enthusiasm. They now look to Friday with a "must-win" match against independent arch-rival Chapman University in Orange County, CA. With the season's end drawing near, the Slug Men must notch wins against Chapman and Cal Lutheran this coming weekend to have a good shot at making the national tournament.