FOREST GROVE (9-15) – UC Santa Cruz earned their second win of their three match trip to Oregon as they defeated Pacific University 3-1 on the strength of two first half goals.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs lost to Whitworth University on Sunday in Salem while the Boxers defeated Saint Martin's University 2-1 on Saturday in Forest Grove.
In the first half, the Banana Slugs would find the back of the net early. With 40:21 left in the first half, Samuel Horton intercepted a pass and fired a rocket from inside eighteen yards to the back of the net to give the Banana Slugs a 1-0 lead. The teams would go back and for the next half hour of clock time. UC Santa Cruz would strike again with 5:54 left in the half on a Brandon Flores goal to give the Banana Slugs a 2-0 lead. The score would remain that way for the rest of the first half as the Banana Slugs lead 2-0 at the halftime intermission.
The second half was much more aggressive with both teams combining for sixteen fouls and six yellow cards. Pacific would trim the Banana Slugs' advantage in half with 23:01 remaining in the match as the Banana Slugs scored an own goal to cut their lead to 2-1. The Boxers' last clean chance to tie the match came with 9:01 remaining but Matt Kimball's shot went just high of the net. The Banana Slugs would add an insurance goal with 49 seconds left on a Jacob Myers Norys goal to give the Banana Slugs a 3-1 lead. The Banana Slugs won the match 3-1.
Myers Norys had a game high three shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for Pacific, Kimball and Keola Norton had two shots. Connor Anderson got the win for the Banana Slugs while Leyton Thommasen received the loss for the Boxers. The Banana Slugs outshot the Boxers 12-5 and had a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Banana Slugs' next match is Sunday as they return home to the friendly confines of Lower East Field as they take on NCAA Division II member Dominican University. Kickoff is set for 4 pm.