The Irvine Valley women's soccer team lost its season opener on Tuesday, 2-1, at MiraCosta.
Despite the defeat, IVC first-year coach Joe Supe was pleased with the way his team performed.
"We had something like 24 shots on goal to their four, we had six one-on-ones with their keeper and we hit the bar three times," Supe said. "We just couldn't finish. All the girls performed really well. We kept pusing the ball forward. We probably should have had five goals."
Irvine Valley started quickly with freshman Kelly Cox taking the ball in on goal and hitting the post in the opening minute.
But it was MiraCosta that scored the lone goal of the first half.
Irvine Valley tied the match in the second half on a goal from sophomore midifelder Ashly Romero on an assist from freshman Madisen Hammonds.
But MiraCosta was able to earn the game-winner later in the half on a breakaway.
"We still played really well and I liked what I saw," Supe said. "Goalie Emma Connelly also made a great save on a breakaway. We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."
Irvine Valley plays again on Friday, traveling to Palomar.
The Lasers play their first home match of the season next Tuesday against Mt. San Jacinto at 2 p.m.