September 1, 2006
Strong Start in LA
The 2006 UCSC Women's Soccer Season opens on the road this weekend. The Lady Slugs are in Los Angeles for three games over the Labor Day Weekend. In the first the game, they defeated Concordia College of Moorhead, MN 1-0. Second year forward Alec Drew scored the Lady Slugs first goal of the season off a turnover early in the second half. The Slugs were lead on defense by goalkeeper Katie Loomis and center back Megan Cox. Loomis recorded her first shutout of the season saving four shots.
On Sunday, UCSC played Whitworth Pirates from Spokane, WA. Both teams played a large portion of their rosters due to the extreme heat. UCSC tied the game in the 84th minute from a goal by 2nd year player Annick Lamb. Her great individual effort was rewarded when her shot deflected off of a Whitworth defender into the goal, securing UCSC a point in this double over-time game, against a dynamic Pirate's team.
Again 3rd year goalkeeper Katie Loomis was a standout. Coach Runeare commented, "Katie played extremely well. She has worked very hard to perfect all parts of her game. She was very consistent, holding on to all of the difficult shots and crosses taken by Whitworth."
For the third game of the Los Angeles road trip, UCSC will face last year's SCIAC champions Pomona-Pitzer on Wed. Sept. 6th. The past two meetings have been very competitive. This year's match-up will be an early season battle of two top teams in the West.