Men's soccer can't overcome slow start in loss to Holy Names

Men's soccer can't overcome slow start in loss to Holy Names

UC Santa Cruz couldn't overcome four first half goals in a thrilling 4-2 home loss to Division II Holy Names University.

UCSC dropped to 1-5 after facing their third consecutive Division II opponent, while the Hawks (1-4-1) won their first game of the season.

Down 4-0 at the half, the Banana Slugs started fighting back in the second half, forcing the pace and getting two shots off in the first 14 minutes, including a glancing header by Jacob Myers Norys that hit the underside of the crossbar before Hawks' goalie Alessandro Ramondino hurriedly cleared it away for a corner. The resulting corner kick put the ball at the feet of forward Ari Statler but the Hawks cleared it off the line. The Slugs' persistence paid off when James Alison blasted a shot from the edge of the box to get them on the board.

UCSC got within 2 in the 74th minute. Lukas Holocher took a long pass from Mathias Cien-Mayer, split the defense and slotted it under Ramondino to make it 4-2.

Holy Names almost added to the lead in the 83rd minute, but Joel Rosales' header was pushed over the bar by Slugs goalie Zach Lamb. The Slug comeback was essentially halted when Dom Royall picked up his second yellow with about 3 minutes left to leave UCSC with 10 men the rest of the game.

Holy Names had a 13-11 shot advantage on the day, but the Banana Slugs outshot the Hawks 10-4 in the second 45 minutes. The physical game featured 28 fouls called combined.

UCSC gets back in Division III competition on Saturday when they travel to Cal Lutheran.