SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz once again withheld a big shooting day by a California Collegiate Athletic Association team, but old rival Cal State East Bay was able to convert two chances that were the difference in a 2-0 win over UCSC on a dreary Friday the 13th.
UCSC fell to 3-11-1 with one more game against Division II opposition remaining. CSUEB improved to 4-10.
After a pretty even first twenty minutes, UCSC had the first real good chance of the game , but Izel Gutierrez's 29th minute shot was saved by East Bay goalie Cheyenne Foster.
The Pioneers had better possession the last fifteen minutes, but the Slugs kept them off the scoreboard. Allie Mandel had a save in the 32nd minute, and the Slugs' defense cleared a shot off the line in the 42nd to keep it scoreless at the break.
The Pioneers got on the board in the 50th minute on a counterattack from a saved shot. Lauren McDougal controlled a bouncing ball and half volleyed a 20-yarder into the upper part of the net for a 1-0 Pioneer lead. A long distance Claire Lim shot almost tied it for UCSC three minutes later but Foster saved it.
That was however the last good UCSC opportunity as East Bay kept most of the possession the rest of the half. They got an insurance goal in the 68th minute on Aulani Fernandez's turn-and-tap at the post for the final score.
The Pioneers outshot UCSC 19-6 on the day and had five corner kicks to none for the Banana Slugs.
UCSC plays Cal State Monterey Bay in Seaside Sunday afternoon at 4:00 PM.