SAN ANTONIO - UC Santa Cruz held their own against second-ranked Trinity University until two second half goals turned into the difference in a 2-0 loss.
UCSC goes to 5-11-1 while the Tigers improved to 17-1 with their 12th straight win.
The hosts dominated possession in the first half but could not find their way through the Slugs' defense, limiting the Tigers to just one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes.
As the second half settled into more back-and-forth soccer, UCSC had a good chance to break the deadlock with 28 min left. James Allison took a long pass and beat the onrushing goalie at the edge of the box, but took a bad angle and sent the cross wide of the open goal.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard two minutes later on Rodrigo Castillo's shot. They doubled the advantage with 16:32 left from a Christian Sakshaug goal.
UCSC pressed ahead and almost got on the scoreboard with 11:05 left . Allison's long shot after a corner got through the Tiger defense but was safely scooped up by goalkeeper Blake Lieberman.
Trinity outshot UCSC 14-3 and had 7 corners to the Slugs' 2, both coming in the final 15 minutes.
The Banana Slugs finish their Texas trip Sunday afternoon at Southwestern.