UCSC withstands Otter barrage but still falls 1-0

UCSC withstands Otter barrage but still falls 1-0

SEASIDE, CA- On a sunny Saturday, UC Santa Cruz fell 1-0 to cross-bay rival Cal State Monterey Bay.

UC Santa Cruz withstood a 28-4 shot disparity and had only 30% possession against the Division II school, but the Otters scored in the 56th minute to break UCSC's two-game win streak.

UCSC fell to 4-8-1 while CSUMB broke an eight-game losing streak to improve to 5-10

The game oppened with the hosts attacking UCSC right away. CSUMB forced four corners in the first ten minutes, forcing a save from Athena Del Rosario and a clearance from Lindsey Archer.

The Banana Slugs then got some offense going. In the 17th minute Megan Carey had a shot blocked and collected the rebound but the second shot was saved off the line by the Otter defense.

That however was the highlight of UCSC's first half. The Otters had a 5-0 shot advantage the rest of the half, with Archer saving another shot as well as Claire Lim's goalline header.

The second half opened inauspiciously as CSUMB stole the ball and had two shots in the opening 90 seconds. The Slug defense held strong until CSUMB's Ashlee Cortez put back a rebound in the 56th minute after her original shot was parried by Del Rosario. The goal was the first the Otters had scored in 411 minutes.

The Slugs had one more chance with under four minutes left, but Carey's shot was saved by CSUMB keeper Christen Silkey.

Del Rosario finished with nine saves.

UCSC plays another Division II school next when they host San Francisco State on Senior Day Monday afternoon.