The Irvine Valley women’s soccer team didn’t earn a win in its 2010 opener Friday afternoon at home.
But the Lasers came away with a lot of positives in a 2-1 defeat to Rio Hondo in a non-conference match.
Irvine Valley gave the Roadrunners fits throughout the contest and that was despite playing the final 49 minutes with just 10 players.
Irvine Valley had the better of the play in the opening 20 minutes, spreading the field, putting passes together and creating opportunities on goal.
Freshman Kristy Krueger had Irvine Valley’s best chance early on. Her rocket of a free kick in the ninth minute was tipped over the top of the goal by Rio Hondo keeper Nika Ma.
Rio Hondo got on the board first due to a mistake by the IVC defense in the 21st minute. Tasha Campbell was able to take control of a misplayed ball near midfield. She raced in and beat IVC keeper Denise Lares with a shot to make it a 1-0 game.
Irvine Valley was brought down to 10 players in the 41st minute when Kelly Knaup was issued a red card.
But the Lasers still battled the rest of the way.
Krueger took advantage of another free kick opportunity - five minutes into the second half to tie the score.
After Rio Hondo was called for an illegal back pass to the goalie, Carreon touched the ball on the indirect free kick just inside the box and Krueger found the top left corner of the net.
But the tie game didn’t last for long.
Rio Hondo’s Madison Maher sent a shot on goal on a free kick in the 52nd minute. Lares had trouble corralling the ball and Campbell was there to tap in what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Lares did end up with eight saves for the Lasers, including several clutch ones in the second half.
Rio Hondo out-shot Irvine Valley, 14-6, in the contest, but 11 of those shots came in the second half when IVC was with just 10 players.
“I thought we played tough and showed some tremendous determination, IVC Coach Simon Davies said. “We had some outstanding performances. Most of the time you would have never known we had 10 people.
“We scored a great goal and I thought we played the ball quite well at times. It is tough to lose, but I am proud of the girls. I think there is a lot we can take from this. There is a lot to build on.