HAYWARD (10-15) - The Banana Slugs played their second of six matches away from Santa Cruz as they took on NCAA Division II member CSU East Bay in Hayward. The Pioneers used three second half goals to defeat the Banana Slugs 4-1. The loss ended the Banana Slugs' three match winning streak.
In their last match, the Banana Slugs won 2-1 at Pomona Pitzer on Friday while the Pioneers tied 1-1 with CSU Los Angeles last Sunday in Hayward.
In the first half, the two teams would play back and forth soccer for a large portion of the half. The Pioneers would get on the scoreboard first. With 11:28 left in the first half, Luis Salazar scored on a header off a pass from Jonathan Cuevas to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. The last chance for the Banana Slugs to score in the half came from James Allison but his shot was saved by Omar Coronel. The Pioneers led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, the Pioneers would score quickly after the resumption of play. Just 4:27 into the half, Grant LaFleur would score off a pass from TJ Butler to extend the Pioneers lead to 2-0. With 38:22 left, Coronel sent a blast from the top of the box all the way down the field and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers would add their final tally with 30:55 left on a Christian Mendoza goal to give the Pioneers a 4-0 lead. With 7:36 left, Jacob Myers Norys would score off a rebound of his own shot to trim the Pioneers' lead to 4-1.
Myers Norys had a match-high four shots to lead the Banana Slugs while for CSU East Bay, Butler had three shots. Coronel got the win for the Pioneers and Gerald Delorie got the loss for the Banana Slugs. The Pioneers outshot the Banana Slugs 11-7 and the Banana Slugs had four fewer fouls (6-2) than did the Pioneers.
The Banana Slugs will continue their road trip on Friday as they take on Occidental College in Eagle Rock. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.