A counter-attack goal a minute before halftime was all Menlo College needed in their 1-0 win over UC Santa Cruz Thursday afternoon.
UCSC falls to 1-4 while Menlo improves to 4-1-1.
The hosts controlled possession early, with five shots in the first ten minutes before UCSC got settled. The Banana Slugs' closest chance came in the 15th minute. Megan Carey got a through ball from Claire Lim and let loose a shot from about 20 yards that Oaks' goalie Kaylin Swart got a hand on in time to push it over the crossbar.
Menlo finally got on the board in the 44th minutes. Alexis Von Schottenstein shot a low shot just at the left post to give Menlo what would be the only goal of the day.
The second half started with UCSC looking for an equalizer, but their first two shots were handled by Swart. The momentum went back and forth the rest of the half with Menlo having better possession until the Slugs fought back in the last twenty minutes.
With 15 minutes left, UCSC almost tied it when Lim took a 30-yard free kick. The shot bounced past everyone but landed in Swart's arms.
The Oaks almost doubled their advantage in the last five minutes. After a counter attack, Menlo's Danielle McCarthy had two quick shots at goal but both were turned away.
The Slugs last chance came in the 89th minute, but the goalmouth scramble after a corner was bundled away at the near post.
The hosts outshot UCSC 19-8 and had four corners to UCSC's two. Athena del Rosario finished with nine saves for UCSC. For Menlo, Swart ended up with six saves.
The Slugs try and regroup when they face Berry College at the Lower East Field on Saturday.