Field or classroom, Soccer Slugs are on the ball

Slug soccer offensive midfielder senior captain Didi Ramirez holds off her defender before she turns to goal in a September match against Westmont College.
UC Santa Cruz's sophomore midfielder Davin Kono brings the ball upfield in a September game against Simpson University.

Slug soccer has scored goals on and off the field recently with recognition and honors bestowed by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

  • The UCSC men's and women's soccer teams posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. A total of 414 soccer teams nationwide earned the award; of that total, only 74 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized. UCSC was the only UC campus to earn the distinction.

    A number of UCSC soccer players also received individual recognition for their academic and athletic accomplishments.

  • Senior Harry Abraham was selected for the first team of the College Division Men's Scholar All-America Team. Junior Annick Lamb made the second team of the College Division Women's Scholar All-America Team and the third team of the Women's Division III All-America team.

  • Both Abraham and senior Matt Skenazy, son of UCSC American literature professor Paul Skenazy, made the College Men Scholar All-Far West Region team; Annick Lamb, seniors Megan Cox and Danielle Mullen, and junior Morgan McCarthy were selected for the College Women Scholar All-West Region team.

  • Lamb and senior Didi Ramirez made the first team of the Division III Women All-West Region team, while senior Danielle Mullen made the second team and Cox the third team.

  • Abraham and seniors Jeremy Abrams and Stefan Clemens were selected for the Division III All-Far West Region first team; senior Adam Smarte made the second team, and senior Anthony Scarlett was chosen for the third team.

Both the men's and women's teams appeared in the NCAA Division III postseason tournament.