The Irvine Valley women’s soccer team played one of its better games of the season Friday afternoon.
But it wasn’t quite enough to get a result. Santa Ana scored with 10 minutes left to pull out a 1-0 victory in an Orange Empire Conference match at Irvine Valley.
“I really thought we played quite well,” IVC Coach Simon Davies said. “We moved the ball and created a few chances. I was proud of the girls. But soccer is a funny game sometimes.”
Santa Ana’s goal came in the 80th minute when Erica Flores sent a through ball on the left wing ahead to Suzanne Swenson. Swenson beat the Laser defensive line to the ball and then hit a shot that got by charging IVC keeper Amanda Rashtian and into the right corner of the goal.
Santa Ana had two legitimate chances to score in the first half as well. But a header by Flores bounced off the post and a deep shot by Yesenia Fonseca was turned away by a diving save by Rashtian.
Santa Ana out-shot Irvine Valley, 12-5, in the contest. It was Santa Ana’s second straight conference win.
The Dons improved their record to 3-6-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference. Irvine Valley’s record slipped to 1-5-1 overall and 0-3-0 in conference.
The Lasers will try and get their first conference victory next Tuesday when they host Orange Coast at 3 p.m.