The Irvine Valley and Orange Coast men’s soccer teams each went into Friday’s Orange Empire Conference match riding three-game win streaks.
Orange Coast has now won four in a row. The Pirates scored the first two goals of the contest and then held on for a 3-2 victory over the Lasers.
Orange Coast improved its record to 10-6-0 overall and 6-4-0 in conference. Irvine Valley slipped to 10-5-2 overall and 6-3-1 in conference.
And the Pirates moved to within a point of IVC for third place in the conference. Orange Coast was on the offensive from the start.
Antonio Gonzalez nearly scored on a header in the fourth minute. But IVC goalie Diego Chacon made a diving save. Chase Nugent did give OCC a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, however. He took a pass from Jose Rodriguez and scored.
Orange Coast had several other chances in the first half, including two at point-blank range. But Chacon stopped each one.
The Pirates led, 1-0, after the first half. Chacon made a diving save on a free kick by Gonzalez two minutes into the second half. But Orange Coast made it a two-goal game shortly after when Dong-Gi Shin scored off a pass from Brandon Bauman in the 50th minute.
IVC got back in the match in the 59th minute when conference goal-scoring leader Fredy Razo found the back of the net on a free kick from 30 yards out.
Orange Coast put the match away in the 84th minute when Gonzalez headed in a cross from Lopez.
Irvine Valley scored its final goal in the 89th minute. On a corner kick play, sophomore forward Brandon Mulhall hit the crossbar with a header. The ball ended up at the feet of freshman forward Alex Cannas, who knocked it home.
Chacon ended up making seven saves for the Lasers, while OCC goalie Tyler Folkins made three saves.
Orange Coast out-shot Irvine Valley, 16-10, in the contest.
IVC is on the road for the next three matches.
It plays at Santiago Canyon on Tuesday and at Golden West next Friday.