The Irvine Valley men's soccer team picked up its play midway through the second half, scored two goals in the final 24 minutes and pulled away for a 3-1 win over San Diego Mesa in a non-conference match Tuesday afternoon at IVC.
Freshman Fredy Razo had one goal and two assists to lead the Lasers.
Irvine Valley (3-1-1) handed San Diego Mesa (1-1-2) its first defeat of the season.
"Overall we were just good enough to eek out a win," IVC Coach Martin McGrogan said. "I think we might have been a little bit tired from the tournament. At times we played really well and at times we were ordinary."
It was Irvine Valley's fourth game in the last five days. It played three games last weekend in the Hartnell College Tournament in Salinas. IVC went 1-1-1 in the tourney and finished fourth out of 12 teams.
IVC had everything clicking early on. The Lasers scored their quickest goal of the season, finding the back of the net less than three minutes into the contest.
Razo found sophomore Nick Black open in front of the goal. Razo fed Black and he one-timed a shot past San Diego Mesa keeper Grant Essig.
Black nearly scored two more times on left-footed shots from the top of the box in the following minutes. Essig knocked the second wide of the goal with a diving save.
IVC sophomore midfielder Jack Sessions also nearly scored in the first half. His left-footed strike was also saved by Essig.
San Diego Mesa had the better of the play early in the second half and took advantage of an opportunity with an impressive goal. Kyle Berner headed in a ball sent in by Omar Rubio to tie the game, 1-1, in the 52nd minute.
Irvine Valley found its way a few minutes later and took the lead for good. Freshman Rodrigo Rubalcaba sent a through pass to Razo, who beat Essig with a shot to the low left corner in the 66th minute.
IVC capped its scoring in the 84th minute when freshman Martin Licea tapped in a pass from Razo. The goal was set up by sophomore defender Francisco Hernandez, who sent a nice pass down the right side to Razo.
Sophomore Daniel Hernandez played the first half for IVC in goal and didn't have to make a save. Freshman Dietrich Geister was in goal in the second half and made one save.
IVC gets a week off before playing again. It travels to Glendale next Tuesday for a game under the lights at 7 p.m.