CLAREMONT - UC Santa Cruz closed their six-in-ten start of the season with a 5-1 loss to Claremont Mudd Scripps on Sunday afternoon.
UCSC (1-5) played an even first half before surrendering four goals in the second half.
The Athenas (1-2) got off to a fast start with a goal in the 8th minute. Sydney Smith rebounded her own missed shot and chipped it over UCSC goalkeeper Alie Mandel for a 1-0 lead. After a back and forth fifteen minutes, UCSC equalized in the 26th minute when substitute Olivia Stewart connected on Joelle Steichen's free-kick on her first touch of the game. It was Stewart's team-leading third goal of the season.
"Olivia's goal came 30 seconds of her entering the game," said head coach Lauren Nadler. "It's a true display of this team continuing to battle together."
The hosts however got back on the board 0:15 seconds into the second period on another chip shot, this time from Megan Lo. Seven minutes later, Rhiann Holman rebounded another missed shot to add to the lead and leave the Banana Slugs facing a 3-1 deficit.
The hosts sealed things four minutes from time on another rebound goal, this time from Sarah Malott who followed up her blocked shot. Malott closed the scoring 2 minutes later after a steal and a poke for the final score.
The physical game featured 18 total fouls, 13 committed by the hosts. Claremont outshot UCSC 16-5 and forced Mandel into two saves.
The Slugs try to get back in the win column on Friday when they visit Division II Notre Dame de Namur.