SPOKANE, WA --Labor Day was exactly that for UCSC this year. After 2 hard matches over the weekend vs. Whitman College and PLU, a labored Slugs were entering their 3rd game in four days, and to top it off, they were to face one of the top teams in the nation. Whitworth College of Spokane WA has built itself a good standing among DIII Men's Soccer programs over the past seasons. This Labor Day Whitworth was to host the Slugs in front of the 300+ fans.
Whitworth knew they had a tough opponent as well in the Slugs, with creative and fast attacking, and possession of the ball. However, the Slugs knew Whitworth would be tough with their seasoned 4-4-2 formation and home field. Much of the play however went in the Slugs favor. In a scoreless first half the Slugs saw much of the possession, and outshot the Pirates 3-1.
It was the second half that everyone knew could make the difference on both sides. The Pirates came out quick barely missing a header chance from a corner kick in 50th minute, but again the Slugs remained true to their game plan of possession and fast attack to put the Pirates on their heels. Several hard attacks by the Slugs saw nothing but close chances throughout the half, and it turned out to be the coaches son, Cameron Bushey that hit a great free kick in the 60th minute to go ahead of the Slugs 1-0. After that the Slugs dug hard and gave it their all, but no success was to follow. The game ended a 1-0 win to Whitworth, and the Slugs went 1-1-1 on the weekend in Spokane. A bright spot to look at however was the shot total of 11-8 in favor of the Slugs against the pirates, but as we all know it only takes one goal to change a game. UCSC now look to this coming Friday where they have their first home match against long time rival California Lutheran from Los Angeles.