Banana Slugs Defeat Cyclones in Final Regular Season Match

OAKLAND (10-30) – The Banana Slugs traveled to Oakland to take on Great South Athletic Conference rival Mills College in Oakland. The Banana Slugs won the previous matchup between these two schools on September 25th and this match was no different than the first as the Banana Slugs won 7-0.

Both teams lost their last match. The Banana Slugs lost Monday 2-1 to University of Redlands in Redlands while the Cyclones fell to NAIA member Trinity Lutheran College 2-1 in Everett, Washington on Sunday.

In the first half, the Banana Slugs would start out fast. Just 111 seconds into the match, Taylor Keenan would score to give the Banana Slugs a 1-0 lead. With 26:40 remaining in the first half, Joelle Steichen would score giving the Banana Slugs a 2-0 lead. The Banana Slugs' lead would be extended to 3-0 with 24:26 left in the half on a Megan Carey goal. With 20:58 left, the Cyclones conceded an own goal to extend the Banana Slugs lead to 4-0. With 18:45 left in the half, Kayla McCord scored to give the Banana Slugs a 5-0 lead. The Banana Slugs would add their final tally of the half with 14:28 remaining on a Claire Lim goal to give the Banana Slugs a 6-0 lead at the halftime intermission.

In the second half, the Banana Slugs would keep up the offensive pressure. In this half, however, the Cyclones were more prepared for the attack and Cyclones' goalie Tayla Muise had six saves. Sara Medor had the Banana Slugs' final tally  with 5:57 left in the match to give the Banana Slugs their final 7-0 lead.

"We are happy to finish the regular season off with a win where all players contributed and 6 different players scored, including two freshmen," said UCSC head coach Emily Scheese. "We are excited to travel and test this squad on the road against new opponents."

Cayce Shaw had a match-high five shots to lead the Banana Slugs. Cerina Bvahnani and Alex Miller both had a shot apiece for the Cyclones. The win for the match went to Athena Del Rosario for her first win as a Banana Slug. The loss went to Muise for Mills. UC Santa Cruz had a 26-2 advantage in shots and a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Banana Slugs will wait as their opponent for the Great South Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Championship will be determined Monday.