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After a little bit of a slow start, the Irvine Valley men’s soccer team scored four straight goals and came away with a 4-1 win over Glendale in its season opening match on Tuesday at home.
Glendale scored the first goal of the contest with Monataz Garci finding the back of the net in the 12th minute, but after that it was all Irvine Valley.
The Lasers dominated possession, moved the ball effectively and had Glendale on its heels for most of the rest of the match. IVC scored three times in the first half and then once in the second half for the victory.
“I thought we passed the ball around quite well and created some chances,” Irvine Valley Coach Martin McGrogan said. “And everyone got in, which was a good thing, for the first game.
“I was pleased with them all. Considering this was our first game, it was a very good performance.
Irvine Valley tied the contest in the 17th minute when sophomore forward Alex Cannas beat several defenders on his way to a goal. Cannas is the top returning scorer for IVC, having posted eight goals and six assists a year ago.
The Lasers added two more goals just before the end of the first half.
In the 41st minute, freshman Jaime Hernandez headed in a perfectly placed lofted pass off a free kick from freshman Daniel Gonzalez.
And then freshman Joe Rousseau and Hernandez played give and go at the top of the box with Rousseau getting the ball back and finding the net.
IVC finished off the score midway through the second half after Gonzalez was taken down in the penalty box. Freshman Adriel Trejo scored on the ensuing penalty kick.
Irvine Valley ended up out-shooting Glendale, 15-6, in the contest.
“It’s early days, but if we work hard then we can certainly achieve some things this year,” McGrogan said. “They certainly seem to have a good work ethic and happy to work for each other. If we stay injury free we have a chance this year."
Irvine Valley plays in the Hartnell Tournament this weekend, starting with games on Friday.