Penguins rally to beat Banana Slugs 3-1

Penguins rally to beat Banana Slugs 3-1

Playing their third Division II opponent within a week, the UC Santa Cruz women's soccer team fell to Dominican University 3-1 on the Lower East Field.

UCSC drops to 2-7-1 on the season.

The Penguins held the better of possession in the first fifteen minutes though the Slugs were able to use their speed on several occasions. On a Dominican corner kick in the 12th minute, UCSC cleared it out and Cayce Shaw was able to make a pass to a streaking Megan Carey in the center of the field. Carey's shot was parried by Dominican goalkeeper Alyssa Ramos for the Slugs' first attempt on goal.

The Penguins were able to strike right back in the 15th minute however when Bailey Kiser's run on the left flank found Michelle Li who was able to get a shot over UCSC goalkeeper Athena Del Rosario.

The Slugs struck back less than four minutes later. Alex Arce lofted a free-kick that Cayce Shaw got a head on in the box, skipping the ball over Ramos and the Dominican defense before settling inside the right post and tying the game 1-1.

The teams went back and forth, and the Penguins got on the board again in the 36th minute, this time coming down the right flank before Yvonne Martinez finished the sequence with a tap in at the post to give the visitors a 2-1 lead at the break. 

At the start of the second half, Dominican took the bal and within forty seconds had added another goal to make it 3-1, continuing the Slugs' woes of slow starts in the second half.

The teams traded runs and shots for the rest of the game and had good chances to add on their totals. In the 82nd minute, Dominican hit the cross bar. UCSC's last chance was a free-kick from Claire Lim in the final minute that skipped past everyone but landed in Ramos's hands.

The Penguins finished with 20 shots to UCSC's 9.

UCSC returns to Div. III competition on Saturday when they play Illinois Tech at Cal Lutheran.