Women’s Volleyball vs. Holy Names
Sept. 26, West Field House
After last year’s pair of five-set classics in Oakland and at the West Field House, a friendly rivalry has set the Hawks and Banana Slugs on pace for a collision again. While this is the Slugs’ only opportunity to play Holy Names this season, last year’s games were split between the two squads, with each home team coming away with victory. Look for the Slugs to defend their home court from the resurgent Hawks, who would like to get a victory from the Slugs at all costs. If last year’s team performances are any indicator for this season, this match may be the most drama you’ll find west of the Barn Theater.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Bethesda University
Nov. 3, Lower East Field
Despite being the last game of the season, this game will be the first chance at seeing last year’s women’s soccer team in a home game during the school term. After stunning heavily favored Cal Lutheran last year, the Slugs have shown the ability to win against any team on the West Coast. This year’s Slugs will look to close the season in strong fashion on their home turf. The men’s team will also challenge Bethesda, ending their season in an exciting soccer doubleheader. The event will also double as both team’s senior nights, which will honor the achievements of their graduating players.
Cross Country at the Bronco Invite
Oct. 13, Cupertino
UCSC’s newest NCAA team will look to start its second season with even more success than last year. The Bronco Invite will be the closest meet the cross country Slugs will have to Santa Cruz. The picturesque setting of Cupertino, only 30 miles from Santa Cruz, makes the run a perfect weekend getaway for the Slug sports fanatic.
Men’s Soccer vs. Rowan and La Sierra
Oct. 6 and 7, East Field
Slugfest II will be a weekend of soccer action, featuring the men’s team battling two different squads on two different days. Be sure to scout out La Sierra and Rowan, who play an early game on Friday before challenging the Slugs on Saturday and Sunday. A pair of wins here may dictate how the season will turn out for the Slugs, who are coming off a solid 9-9 season.
Women’s Swimming vs. San Jose State
Nov. 3, San Jose
This meet will be a rare chance for UCSC fans to watch an elite Division I team take on the Banana Slugs. The San Jose State Spartans feature five swimmers who were invited to the Olympic trials earlier this year. The UCSC women’s swimming team has the most competitors out of all NCAA teams at UCSC. Both Slugs and Spartans will be showcasing their talents at the San Jose State aquatic center, one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in California — a great reason to explore Silicon Valley’s largest city.