Men's soccer team blanks Riverside   

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popke2.JPGThe Irvine Valley men's soccer team had a pretty good week.

The Lasers won their second straight match to open Orange Empire Conference play, shutting out a solid Riverside squad, 3-0, Friday afternoon at home.
IVC defeated Cypress, 2-1, on the road earlier in the week.
The win on Friday improved Irvine Valley's record to 6-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference.
It was the team's fourth straight victory overall.
"It is a very hard working group," IVC Coach Martin McGrogan said of his team. "You are always pleased when the kids work hard for themselves and this group works hard for their teammates as well. It helps when you have some talent too."
Riverside showed its talent early on - nearly scoring twice in the opening three minutes. IVC goalie Daniel Hernandez sprinted out from his goal on one Riverside breakaway to make a diving stop.
Sophomore midfielder Chris Popke gave IVC a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. Sophomore Nick Black kept a ball alive in the box and got it to freshman Fredy Razo. Razo headed the ball to Popke, who then sent his own header over Riverside keeper Antoine Williams and into the net.
Both teams had good chances the rest of the half. Freshman Mustafaa Islam and Razo each nearly scored for IVC.
A shot by Riverside's Cesar Lopez was saved by Hernandez.
IVC's Razo just missed wide after some nice work by Popke on the left side and then Riverside's Jordan Davis narrowly missed the mark on a shot.
Davis then had another opportunity on a shot at close range, but Hernandez was able to snuff out the attempt.
Razo couldn't find the target on a breakaway attempt for IVC in the 37th minute.
In the seventh minute of the second half, Riverside had another chance, but Hernandez made a save at point blank range.
After that it was all IVC. The Lasers took a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute. Black found freshman defender Josh Ruiz making a run on the left side. Ruiz beat a defender and then crossed the ball into the box where Licea put it away.
And the Lasers put a cap on the game when Jack Sessions showed some nice touch by chipping Williams for the team's third goal of the game.
Hernandez ended up making six saves in the game for IVC, while Williams had three for Riverside.
"This was a good win," McGrogan said. "I thought Riverside played well. We were a little fortunate not to be down a couple of goals early. I thought once we settled in, we were able to capitalize on some things and score some really good goals."
Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  10/1/2010
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