October 8, 2004
Slugs Demand Respect
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Today marked the second time this year that the Slugs have upset a nationally ranked team. Facing off against Chapman University this afternoon, the Tigers were ranked No.16 in the Nation and No. 3 in the West Region.
Chapman's Simi Phull scored the first goal 20 minutes into the game off a corner kick. But Claire Gustafson would answer back for UCSC in the 33rd minute as she drilled one from outside the box into the back of the net. It would be a tied score as the teams went into halftime.
The second half was a battle, these two teams went at each other back and forth, scoring a total of 5 goals. UCSC would start it off in the 67th minute when Skye Vendt-Pearce went on a breakaway beating her defender and putting it past the diving Chapman goalkeeper. Chapman would respond 6 minutes later off another corner kick.
With the score tied 2-2 the Slugs would score 2 straight goals in the 84th minute. The first coming off a corner kick where Junior Kirstin Horn was able to head it in, and then 50 seconds later Caitlin Carpenter had a breakaway that she was able to convert into a netter.
Credit Chapman with never giving up, with 4 minutes to go Liz Hopkins was able to score off of yet another Chapman corner kick, bringing the score back to 4-3.
But it was all about the Slugs as they held on for the remaining 4 minutes as UCSC went on to seal their sixth straight victory.
UCSC looks to continue their winning streak as they travel to face Menlo College Monday at 4pm.