ROHNERT PARK - UC Santa Cruz finished its three-game roadtrip against Division II opponents on a down note, dropping a 5-0 decision at Sonoma State.
UCSC goes to 1-8 on the year. The Seawolves, ranked 17th nationally among division II, improve to 8-1 with their third-straight shutout.
UC Santa Cruz trailed just 2-0 on the break. Sonoma's Cecilia Sifuentes opened scoring in the 22nd minute off a corner, and the hosts doubled-their advantage 2:47 before halftime when Riley West cut off a pass at the centerline, charged ahead and shot a left-footed shot before any defenders could converge that beat keeper Alie Mandel.
Mandel had six saves before the break to keep the Slugs hopes going, but Sonoma added one in the 49th and then two in the 56th minute for the final tally.
Mandel had several great saves, including in the 70th minute off a corner scramble to keep Sonoma off the scoreboard the rest of the game.
"Let's give credit to an athletic, nationally-ranked Division II program," said head coach Lauren Nadler afterwards. "We worked hard as a team. Emma Wilson showed this through her play today."
Sonoma State had 16 shots on goal. Mandel finished with a career-high 11 saves, among the top ten single-game marks in school history. The Seawolves outshot UCSC 26-1. Only Cayce Shaw was able to get an attempt for the Banana Slugs, but her 57th minute attempt was stopped by Sonoma's Kristen Spear.
The Slugs return home to take on Mills College Saturday at 3:00 PM