No. 5 Rosa Soto-Aleman sparks the Lasers play. (Photograph/Dominic D. Ebel)
Irvine Valley College’s women soccer team lost to Santiago Canyon last Tuesday in a 1-0 game, but managed to win a 3-0 game against Fullerton three days later.
Starting league play, the Lasers opened solidly against a tough opponent, Head Coach, Joe Supe said.
The Hawks Head Coach, Ian Woodhead has guided Santiago Canyon to ten consecutive Orange Empire Conference Championships. The Hawks finished the 2013 season 22-2-2 and 2012, 23-1-1.
“We will play some tough opponents in the league. Irvine Valley College Womens Soccer took everything Santiago Canyon dished out to them,” Supe said. “Our midfielder, Courtney Smith and right midfielder Christina Anderson are appointed captains for this season. We are trying different things with players in different positions to get a quick start.”
Lasers player No.9 Virginia Hickman hydrates herself in 0-1 loss to Hawks. (Photograph/Dominic D. Ebel)
IVC is good enough to upset some of the top teams this season. The Lasers display healthy camaraderie and have very skilled players going into this season.
“Our team is in good spirits. We will be alert. The girls are working hard,” Supe said. “ I will get them ready for this game coming up to start our league.”
Supe added Santiago had a 5-to-3 goal attempts advantage ratio of shots in the game.
“Goalie Nicole Dunn was having a great day defending the goal for IVC,” he said.
Santiago gave the IVC players a challenge, breaking through the midfield defense during the first half.
“Evelyn Lucatero showed her speed on defense, running down the opponent players, cutting them off to stop the attempted shots,” Supe said.