POMONA- UC Santa Cruz fell to 0-2 on the young season with a 3-0 loss at Pomona-Pitzer.
In a matchup of two NCAA tournament teams from last year, Pomona-Pitzer (1-0) outshot the Banana Slugs 24-8. "We faced a talented and dynamic Sagehen squad," said coach Emily Scheese. "This early in the season we are still learning and adjusting."
The game started off fast with the Slugs almost getting on the board with Kacie Ring getting off two shots on goal in the 11th minute. Five minutes later, the hosts got on the board through Katie Tao's shot.
The defending SCIAC champion Sagehens kept the majority the rest of the half and despite great defense added another goal right before halftime and then made it 3-0 off a rebound in the 47th minute. The Slugs then started to mount some offense.
The Slugs missed a penalty in the 56th minute but continued to hold possession, battering the Pomona goal with three shots in the following 90 seconds before the Sagehens were able to clear it out of danger.
"I'm happy we put a lock on their scoring after their early second-half goal. We were able to diffuse further attacks and stayed organized defensively," said Scheese.
Senior Athena del Rosario kept the Slugs close with a career-high 13 saves.
UCSC concludes its opening three-gme roadtrip with a Sunday morning matchup against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
"We look to bounce back after a day of rest," Scheese said.