Southern California Regional playoff bracket play Irvine Valley College player shot over top post in regulation. (Photographer/Dominic D Ebel)
The Southern California Regional playoffs bracket played No.14 Irvine Valley College women’s soccer team losing in overtime 1-0 in the official first round play to No.6 Cypress College at Chargers’ stadium. As a result, the Chargers now advance to the second round in the playoffs.
The Lasers play has improved greatly under head coach Joe Supe this season, given that they came up short losing by only a penalty kick in overtime.
“It was a good game,” Supe said. “Unfortunately one mistake [and] we paid the price. Everyone put [in] their 100 percent effort and there were no negatives in this match.”
The Lasers offensive strikers only had a few opportunities to take shots on goal. Cypress defense play was strong, constantly stopping IVC’s strikers on goal.
“As far as this group of athletes goes, they played with a lot of heart which was fantastic,” Supe said. “The Lasers players had their chances to put up the win as freshmen, forward No. 5 Rosa Soto-Aleman put forth tremendous effort. She always put shots up on goal. Our chances of winning were close in regulation time on her just missing over the [goal].”
Southern California Regional playoff bracket play Irvine Valley College player freshman,forward, Rosa Soto-Alman shot over top post in regulation (Dominic D. Ebel)
IVC’ sophomore, defender No. 19 Emely Portillo’s play helped keep IVC’s defense strong in this game as well as for the entire season.
“It was an awesome experience to be in the playoffs this year,” Portillo said. “It was what we wanted to do.”
Sophomore, forward, No.15 Tianna Salazar will be hard to replace having taken her team into the Orange Empire Conference ranking them No.3 in the playoffs.
The Lasers will have the following athletes returning next year, freshman, midfielder Berenice Pacheco, Evelyn Lucatero, Virginia Hickman, Rosa Soto Aleman, Nicole Dunn, and Herminia Verduzco.