SANTA CRUZ- A rare early goal allowed signalled a tough day for UC Santa Cruz as the Banana Slugs lost 4-0 to rival Menlo College on Thursday afternoon.
UCC goes to 4-13-1 while the Oaks improved to 10-4-3.
Alexis von Schottenstein took advantage of an early defensive miscue to score in the 5th minute and force the Slugs to play catchup the rest of the game.
Menlo kept pressing an almost doubled the lead in the 32nd minute but defender Lindsey Archer cleared the ball off the line and the Slugs kicked it out of danger.
The Slugs held until the 42nd minute when Menlo's Karla Uribe got on the end of a long pass and sen it into the net from less than ten yards to give Menlo a 2-0 lead at the break.
Another quick goal gave Menlo a 3-0 lead less than 90 seconds after the second half kickoff. UCSC then found increased pace and better possession, using almost the entire roster to stop Menlo's attacks while mounting their own offense to the tune of four shots in the second half. The last best chance for UCSC came in the 80th minute when an ambitious Julianne Hoeflich kick from 30 yards zoomed past the defense but was safely handled by Menlo's goalkeeper.
The last action came with 2:31 left when the Slugs couldn't clear a Menlo cross from the right and surrendered an own goal to close scoring.
Menlo had an 11-5 shot differential and the only two corners of the game. UCSC continues the season ending homestand with their Senior Day celebration against UC Merced. The first 150 students coming on Saturday will get a slice of Woodstock's Pizza.