Two second-half goals paced the host Redlands Bulldogs past UC Santa Cruz 2-0 as the Banana Slugs began the second-part of their six-games-in-ten-days run to open the season.
The hosts dominated possession and the attack in the first 30 minutes. Some subs allowed UCSC to change the pace a little, but the Bulldogs still had a 12-3 shot advantage at halftime. UCSC's best chance was a 33rd minute give-and-go that put Julianne Hoeflich straight to goal, but the forward's shot went wide.
The second half began with the Bulldogs keeping on the pressure. Twice, the Banana Slugs defense kept the shutout with timely blocks, once in the 55th minute when Redlands's Hanya Loskutoff had her shot cleared off the line, and another after a Redlands corner a minute later.
"We defended well as a group and fought hard together until the last whistle blew," said head coach Lauren Nadler.
The Bulldogs broke through in the 62nd minute on their 6th shot of the half, after Mollie Craighead's shot from about 20 yards.
UCSC continued to defend and make an attempt for the equalizer.
With six minutes left Claire Lim won a corner, but Izel Gutierrez's shot was stopped at the near post -UCSC's only Shot on Goal of the 2nd half.
Redlands sealed the game three minutes later from Erin Schlosser's free-kick.
For the game, Redlands outshot UCSC 24-7 and had 8 corner kicks to the Slugs' 3. Alie Mandel had a career-high six saves in the loss.
UC Santa Cruz has a day to regroup before facing La Verne on Saturday.