A late goal by Marissa Rico (above) forged the Lasers to victory over Fullerton College. (Photo courtesy by Irvine Valley College Athletics)
Irvine Valley College women’s soccer team won Tuesday in a back and forth contest against Fullerton College, 2-1. This victory gave the Lasers some confidence after their blowout loss to Santiago last Friday. IVC’s record is now 6-3-1 in conference play and 9-3-3 overall.
The scoring started almost immediately, as freshman, forward, Crystal Lefebvre scored an easy goal in the third minute of the game. Fullerton responded by scoring nearly two minutes later and the score was tied 1-1 before anybody could blink. After Fullerton’s goal, not much offense was provided by either team until halftime.
“We couldn’t finish our early chances and that put us in trouble,” said Lasers head coach, Joe Supe.
Right before halftime, a scary moment happened. The Lasers freshman, goalkeeper, Nicole Dunn suffered what appeared to be a severe leg injury. After attempting to save a shot on goal, Dunn fell to ground holding her leg. She was subsequently carted of the field and freshman, goalkeeper, Herminia Verduzco replaced her.
Coach Supe had some gruesome news after the game about what Dunn had told him happened to her.
“She said that she heard her bone crack and that was pretty much it,” said Supe.
Later in the game, IVC got another scare when Verduzco went down after a save. She was down on the ground for a minute or two, before getting up and continuing the rest the game.
“I think it has to do with the condition of the field,” said Supe when asked why he thought his goalkeeper’s where getting injured.
The tie was finally broken in the 83 minute mark, when freshman, defender, Marissa Rico struck a ball from about 30 yards out that got past Fullerton’s goalkeeper.
“I saw an opportunity and I hit it, soared for a while, everything went quiet, and then it just went over the goalies hands and into the back of the net,” said Rico after the game.
With the win, the Lasers remains in third place in the Orange Empire Conference behind Cypress College and Santiago Canyon College. IVC will play Golden West College for home game on Friday at 3 p.m.
“Everyone is looking for points, so we expect they’ll fight,” said Supe.