Sophomore forward Tianna Salazar dribbles by Cypress defender. (Photograph by Dominic Ebel)
Irvine Valley College women’s soccer team lost 3-0 in an intense game against Cypress College on Tuesday. The conference record for Cypress is 5-0-2, placing them in second place in the Orange Empire Conference. IVC is 4th place in the OEC as their record is 3-2-1.
“Irvine Valley played well. It’s just [that] Cypress is a hard team to break,” said head coach Joe Supe. ”Cypress is a good team, as they have six shutouts in a row and their eighth of the season.”
Cypress came out aggressively as expected, as they displayed a strong effort that was met by the IVC players’ intensity. IVC’s focus was to stop the Cypress surge, which they failed to do.
“We know how they play,” Supe said.” We know they’re strong.”
Cypress’ sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Gutierrez had three fouls called by the referee in the game. IVC was hustling in the midfield, getting great play by freshman Berenice Pacheco, who was battling in the center of the field.
“This was a big game,” Supe said. “Our team was ready.”
Cypress’ only goal in the first half came in the 17th minute by Layla Silva. The Chargers’ two goals in the second half came 11 minutes apart, with the first coming from Elizabeth Gutierrez and the second scored by Jenny Marin.
“I thought my girls were ready to play Cypress,” Supe said. “It was a good match.”
IVC did get some solid shot attempts, but most were not good enough to be goals. IVC had 13 shots, but zero shots on goal.
“We tried our best to get the win at their place,” Supe said. “We take it one game at a time.”
IVC hosted Saddleback College this past Friday in a classic game. The two rivals battled for third place in the OEC. The final score was 1-0 in favor of IVC.