Irvine Valley College women’s soccer team lost a tough matchup against Santiago Canyon College, 4-0 on Friday. Santiago came into the game ranked No. 2 in the nation and first in the Orange Empire Conference. The loss was the Lasers third of the season.
IVC’s demise came in the first half, when they conceded all four goals. After being down 2-0 with about five minutes to go, the Lasers had a chance to go into the half only down by two goals. That hope ended when Santiago scored two consecutive goals to put the score to 4-0 at halftime.
“We got a bit sloppy in the first half,” said Lasers head coach, Joe Supe. “We gave up some sloppy goals”
In the second half, the Lasers came out much stronger with a couple of good chances. Unfortunately, IVC could not find a way to put the ball past Santiago’s goalkeeper and were shutout for the fourth time this season.
“We did really sloppy in the first half and we got tired,” said freshman, goalkeeper, Nicole Dunn. “I think we picked it up in the second half.”
Coach Supe relayed the same message, and extended on how he believed that his team played the way he wanted them to in the second half.
“Second half, they stepped it up and they managed to control the game and shut them down completely,” said Supe. “They showed that they can handle the pressure and they can handle this type of situation.”
The Lasers will go back home to play Fullerton College, who has a conference record of 2-7 and an overall record of 5-9.
“I’m working on regrouping and looking forward to the next game,” said Supe. “I think we’ll step it up and go forward with this.”