Banana Slugs win third straight game with 2-1 victory over Pomona-Pitzer

Aidan Durgerian had his second assist of the year.
Aidan Durgerian had his second assist of the year.

POMONA - UC Santa Cruz used a 14-8 shot advantage to never let Pomona-Pitzer breathe in a 2-1 win over the Sagehens.

UCSC improves to 5-7-1 with their third win in a row. Pomona fell to 6-4-2. It was UCSC's first win over Pomona-Pitzer since 2012.

UCSC had two shots and two corners in the first 7 minutes. UCSC got on the board in the 10th minute when Dominique Royall knocked in his team-leading fifth goal of the year off a pass from Aidan Durgerian.

The Slugs had a couple of corners in the 26th and 27th minute but couldn't add onto the lead. Pomona-Pitzer increased possession and had two corners in the last five minutes of the half, but couldn't put them away either and UCSC took their one-goal lead to the half.

"We were able to capitalize on their early errors to go up 1-0," said head coach Mike Runeare. "Additionally we had four outstanding opportunities to score more goals."

The Banana Slugs doubled the advantage when Ari Sidman scored off of Ryan Nyberg's cross six minutes in the second half.

The Sagehens got on back in the 76th minute when Peter Rentzepis followed up his own missed shot. A back-and-forth final 14 minutes ended with Pomona's Eamon Stein pushing his last-second shot wide left.

Gaolie Andrew Pimentel had two saves in the win while Christian Deguzman had one save in relief.