The Irvine Valley women’s soccer team played tough, but it still looking for its first victory in the Orange Empire Conference this season after a 3-0 defeat to Cypress at home on Friday.
Cypress, ranked fourth in the state and undefeated on the year, controlled much of the action, but the Lasers did have their moments.
Freshmen forwards Yasmin Hart and Ruriko Yoshimura created a few opportunities.
And defenders, led by freshmen Wendy Rendon and Mackenzie White, held their line for most of the contest.
Sophomore goalie Amanda Rashtian had a solid game and finished with nine saves, including a few diving ones for the Lasers.
Cypress took the lead in the 18th minute. A shot by Kylie Redmond was deflected and found its way into the lower left corner.
Kimberly Gonzalez nearly added to the Chargers’ lead a few minutes later, but knocked her volley shot over the top of the goal.
But in the 31st minute, Gonzalez and Cypress did make it 2-0. Monique Gerrits played a ball forward to Gonzalez, who out-ran an IVC defender and then passed to herself around a hard-charging Rashtian. Gonzalez secured the ball and slotted it into the back of the net.
Cypress led, 2-0, at halftime.
The Chargers capped their scoring midway through the second half when Justine Hauck was in the right spot to knock in Gonzalez’s corner kick.
Cypress out-shot Irvine Valley, 18-5, in the match.
Irvine Valley’s record slipped to 2-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference.
The Lasers play again next Tuesday, traveling to Norco for a 3 p.m. conference match.