Banana Slugs hold off Warriors in double-overtime tie

TURLOCK -  UC Santa Cruz visited Stanislaus State for the fourth year in a row, and for the first time got a result out of their trip to their Division II opponents.

But it wasn't easy.

Despite having to constantly defend, UCSC kept a clean sheet as the teams ended up in a 0-0 double overtime tie. It broke UCSC's four-game losing streak against the Warriors (6-4-2).

UCSC went to 3-10-1. 

"We talked pregame and came into the match with a theme, and we stuck with that theme until the final whistle,"said head coach Lauren Nadler. 

"From the start this team played for the person next to them. Sandra Parhami defended behind our forwards and dictated play throughout the match."

UCSC nearly got on the board first when Claire Lim had her kick saved in the 11th minute. The Slugs had a flurry of corner kicks, with three in the first twelve minutes.

After a fast opening by the visitors, the Warriors started to build their possession and had several chances in the last 30 minutes.

In the 44th minute, Stanislaus had their best chance, but Rayana Plancarte squeezed her shot off the post to get around Mandel, and Demi Gonis hit the rebound wide.

"Their player had gotten behind our backline and was 1v1. Allie came out and stopped the shot to keep us in it," Nadler said.

In the second half, the Warriors had UCSC on defense most of the time, outshooting the Slugs 5-0 and having a 6-0 edge in corners. But UCSC held off the Stanislaus attacks to force overtime.

In the first overtime, the Warriors pushed for the golden goal but again the UCSC defense held. The last chance Stanislaus had was a corner kick with :30 left but the resulting header went wide.

In the second overtime, the Warriors  pushed again but were fended off by the Slug defense. The Slugs broke through and and a chance in the final third with under a minute left. However a foul ended the offensive incursion. Stanislaus raced down for one final chance, but Jade Poon's six-yard header was handled by Allie Mandel as the horn sounded.

Mandel finished with three saves as the Banana Slugs absorbed a 17-1 shot deficit over the 110 minutes. 

The Banana Slugs continue their Division II part of the schedule with a home game against Cal State East Bay