The Irvine Valley men's soccer team scored three goals in a dominating second-half performance to come away with a 3-1 victory over Moorpark in its season opener Tuesday afternoon at Irvine Valley.
The Lasers looked like a completely different team than the one from a 4-12-4 campaign last season, especially in the final 45 minutes.
"It is a good group and the boys worked really, really hard out there," McGrogan said. "I thought we had a number of good chances to score. There is still a lot of work to do, but at least this group seems prepared to want to do the work. And that makes a big difference."
Moorpark got on the board first in the 12th minute. Kory Dapello sent a pass from left to right that bounced right to Sebastian Rodriguez and Rodriguez hit a volley from just inside the box past IVC sophomore keeper Daniel Hernandez.
Hernandez made a great save shortly after to keep IVC within striking distance. Moorpark's Kevin Staley got loose in a breakaway, but Hernandez came out from his goal, cut off the angle and made a sliding save on a shot by Staley.
Staley recovered and fired another shot with Hernandez out, but IVC freshman defender Edward Gomez cleared the ball off the goal line.
"That was a big play," McGrogan said. "We could have been down even more in the first half."
IVC's best chance in the first half came when sophomore forward Nick Black turned with the ball and hit a high shot that Moorpark goalie Shawn Bailey timed and knocked over the top of the goal.
Irvine Valley had all the opportunities to score in the second half.
The Lasers took 13 shots and scored on three of them. Bailey saved seven others - most coming a point blank range.
Irvine Valley tied the game in the 55th minute on a penalty kick after obstruction was called on a Moorpark defender in the box. Sophomore midfielder Chris Popke put the kick away on a shot to the upper left corner.
IVC took the lead for good in the 68th minute. After a scramble on a corner kick, sophomore defender Francisco Hernandez kept the ball alive with a header to freshman forward Martin Licea, who hit a side volley into the back of the net.
Irvine Valley capped its scoring in the 83rd minute when freshman midfielder Rodrigo Rubalcaba put away a long throw in by sophomore midfielder Arash Maghsoodi.
"I thought we were a little more direct," McGrogan said. "I thought we played things into their strengths in the first half. In the second half, we pushed the ball behind them, got in back of them and made them defend facing their own goal.
"It was a very good, workmanlike performance," McGrogan said.
Black, freshman forward Fredy Razo, Licea and freshman midfielder Mustafaa Islam all had other chances at goals in the second half.
Hernandez ended up making three saves in goal in the first half for IVC and sophomore goalie Kurt Bond made one save in the second half.
Irvine Valley plays in the Hartnell Tournament this weekend, starting with games on Friday.