Irvine Valley College falls to Norco 3-2, remains winless in conference

Michael Grennell


Disappointment was written across the faces of the athletes on the Lasers women’s soccer team on Friday afternoon and there was little doubt as to why.

After taking a 2-0 lead going into halftime, the Lasers surrendered three unanswered goals to the Norco Mustangs as Irvine Valley dropped to 0-10-2 in conference play.

“I thought we had a great first half,” Coach Joe Supe said. “We were able to find each other and communicate. In the second half we were kind of flat, we weren’t finding the passing lanes anymore.”

Freshman defender Desirae Santana opened the scoring for the Lasers, scoring the first goal of the game, and her first goal of the season, in the 15th minute.

The Lasers second goal came with one minute left before half time, when freshman defender Tatiana Bush scored her first goal of the season on a shot that just trickled past the Mustangs keeper.

Looking to the team’s upcoming games, Supe said that finding passing lanes and improving communication are key to the Lasers’ success.

Irvine Valley (2-12-2, 0-10-2) hits the road for their next two games, first playing Saddleback (5-8-3, 3-7-3), and then Santiago Canyon (15-0-1, 11-0-1)­.