IVC's men's soccer team defeated East Los Angeles, 2-1, in overtime in the first round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs on rainy Saturday at Irvine Valley.
Freshman sensation Fredy Razo scored the game-winner for IVC in the third minute of the first of two 15-minute overtimes off passes from sophomores Jack Sessions and Nick Black. It was Razo's 26th goal of the season.
Black scored IVC's first goal - only five minutes into the contest off a ball played through by sophomore Chris Popke. Black out-raced and beat a defender and then slotted the ball past the East LA keeper.
IVC, the seventh seed, led the game, 1-0, at halftime.
No. 10 East LA scored got its goal from Kevin Gomez in the third minute of the second half.
Irvine Valley looked like it had another goal shortly after, but it was called back for offsides.
Sophomore keeper Daniel Hernandez came up with two big saves at point-blank range in the IVC victory. He finished with 10 saves on the day.
"The boys played well and we did what we had to for the win," IVC Coach Martin McGrogan said. "East LA was a solid team and we had to earn it. I think that our fitness really helped us in the end."
Irvine Valley, which improved its record to 15-4-2, moves on to the second round to play Orange Empire Conference rival Santa Ana on Tuesday at Santa Ana. Santa Ana, which is the No. 2 seed and received a bye in the first round, edged IVC for the conference title this season.
The two teams split conference contests with each winning on the other's home field. Santa Ana won the last meeting, defeating Irvine Valley, 6-1, in the final game of the regular season to claim the conference crown outright.
"We are looking forward to playing Santa Ana again," McGrogan said. "It will be a great battle. Santa Ana played well, but I just don't think we were focused the way we needed to be in that last game. Everyone is ready to go for Tuesday. We get a chance to redeem ourselves."