September 12, 2010
UCSC Women's Soccer Washington Game Report
TACOMA, WA.--The UC Santa Cruz Women's Soccer took to the road and to the air for their second road trip of the 2010 fall campaign. Hoping to turn around results from southern California, the hard working Lady Slugs' hopes were dashed despite some quality play. The round robin format saw The University of Puget Sound, currently ranked No. 14 nationally in DIII and No. 2 in the west region, hosting several teams at Peyton Field including southern California's CMS Athenas and Washington's Whitworth Pirates. CMS whom the Slugs played last week are currently ranked third in the region and 17th nationally took on Whitworth while the UCSC squad took on the host Puget Sound on Friday 9/10/10 and despite a well-fought battle, found themselves on the painful side of a 1-2 loss in golden goal overtime. The game was a tense battle and Puget Sound forwards challenged UCSC early, with Sophomore Goalkeeper Monica Chazen coming up big to save a key one-on-one attempt by PSU. Chazen certainly rose to the occasion to keep the Loggers at bay until a short corner trumped the Lady Slugs in the middle of the first half. PSU was able to take the initial short corner and put in a well-placed shot on the rebound amidst traffic in the box. UCSC was able to answer to make it 1-1 on a free kick by freshman center back Antonia Darragh. The freshman defender wound up from midfield and placed a great ball at the back of the Loggers six- yard box. The soaring ball was too much for the Logger defense to deal with and was headed into the back of their own net to tighten up the game for the Slugs. Despite many efforts and yet another key one-on-one save from Chazen, the Slugs were forced into overtime after 90 minutes to decide the result. The PSU team came bearing down on the UC squad and put them under pressure early in the first overtime period. This resulted in a missed clearance on the part of the UC defense, which Logger #4 Kylie Beeson drove home just out of reach of the Slugs to finish off the game.
Sunday 9/12/10 the Banana Slugs took to the field again to play Whitworth University, visiting from nearby Spokane, Washington. This game previewed some of the hardest and determined play yet from the young-slugs. The Slugs were unfortunately awakened again by an arching shot from freshman Pirate DeeDee Garbe of the Whitworth Pirates. She was able to break past the Slug defense down the right side of the field and sent her shot sailing past Chazen into the upper left corner. The Slugs would not back down, however, and in the second half out-shot Whitworth 6-3 and had 8 total corner kicks to the Pirates, none. Devastaingly, however, they could not find the back of the net. Sophomore Striker Aubrey Mapes almost found relief in the second half, but was denied by the outstretched Whitworth junior Keeper Callie Bergstrom who single-handedly kept their lead. Mapes had three shots on goal and UCSC winger Elaine Stanfield had one attempt from the left side of the pitch which Bergstrom also kept out of the net, despite a flurry follow-up by the slug-midfield. The contest was definitely a heated battle, and the Cruz Women's squad saw more yellow cards issued in this one game than they have all season thus far. Both center-backs Becky Ngoon and Antonia Darragh were issued cards alongside attackers Mapes and Gloria Hernendez. UCSC had 20 fouls called on them to the Pirate's mere 10.
It was a triumphant weekend for the Pirates who didn't qualify for the NCAA DIII tournament last fall 2009, where CMS hosted and PSU and UCSC were participants along with Hardin-Simmons. The Whitworth Pirates also managed to trump CMS 2-1 on Friday in a game that saw Whitworth coming out on top early despite a rally goal in the 89th minute from CMS, making it CMS's first loss of the season. CMS and PSU battled to a 3-3 double overtime tie on Sunday.
Despite UCSC's losses, the strength-of-schedule the young team is seeing while being road-tested against playoff-contending opponents will give the Banana Slugs some irreplaceable know-how for the youthful squad. The PSU Loggers were ranked No. 2 in the West Region behind Hardin-Simmons (Texas), who is ranked fourth in the national poll. Claremont was ranked third in the region and 17th nationally. The Slugs face-off against Trinity, Southwestern University and Hardin-Simmons this week as they take to the skies again and travel to Austin and San Antonio, Texas to take on some of the best DIII women's soccer contenders.