The Spartans led on offense against UC Santa Cruz, recording 12 shots in the game, three of which were on goal. Newcomer Efrain Burgos, Jr. led the attack with three shots, including one on goal.
"I thought all of our new guys that played their first game for us tonight, performed very well,” said head coach Gary St. Clair. “We just need more experience and confidence. The future is very bright for this team."
Colby Moore and Jacob Morrison were the next top shot-takers for the Spartans.
In goal for the Spartans were Richard Mann and newcomer Lewis Sweeney. Mann has been
"I thought we played well,” said Mann. “We were particularly solid on defense. We didn't give up many chances. We need to pick it up a little bit offensively. We had our chances. We have to finish."
Sweeney also notched his first save as a Spartan with less than a minute to play left in the game. Sweeney snagged the ball on a shot by UC Santa Cruz’s Matt Skenazy to maintain the dual shutout.
Skenazy and Adam Smarte were the only two Banana Slugs to notch shots on goal in Friday’s contest. A shot by Cameron Hector was a near-goal for UC Santa Cruz at the 63:28 mark of the game as the ball hit the crossbar.
The Spartans take the field again on Friday, August 31 in the first game of the Davidson adidas Classic in