The Alma College Women's Soccer team hosted #21 ranked UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday afternoon at Scotland Yard and defeating the visiting Banana Slugs by a score of 2-1. The Scots, who also received votes in this week's national poll, are now 2-1 on the season and will next play on Sunday afternoon when they host DePauw University. Game time is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
"I'm very proud of the girls as anytime you can beat a nationally ranked opponent it is impressive," said Scots Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "I thought we showed great determination and a will to win tonight. This was a gritty performance for our third game in five days. We got off to a great start collectively, but Mackenzie, Kelly and Aggie gave us something extra on the attack."
Alma got off to a strong and confident start and scored early when So. F Mackenzie Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel) knocked in a goal assisted by Fr. F Kelly Wilson (Midland, Mich./Dow) at the 3:27 mark. The score remained 1-0 heading into halftime, but the Scots kept the pressure on the Banana Slugs the whole first 45 minutes. Smith hit the post in the 18th minute and Wilson did the same in the 33rd minute but to no avail.
The Scots remained focused in the second half, but the Banana Slugs are not ranked 21st in the country for nothing. Santa Cruz stayed calm and were able to net the game-tying goal at 69:12, when Justin Dougherty scored to notch the game at 1-1.
Just when it looked as though overtime loomed, the host Scots pressed on and took a 2-1 advantage at 86:35 when Fr. Danielle Partyka (Washington, Mich./Bishop Foley) scored on an assist from Wilson. Alma then kept the ball away from Santa Cruz the rest of the way and walked off the pitch with the satisfying victory.