Irvine Valley’s freshman forward Julian Hyodo found the back in the 90th minute with a little help from a Saddleback defender and the Lasers managed a 1-1 draw with the district rival Gauchos in an Orange Empire Conference match at IVC Friday afternoon.
It was a match that was evenly played between the two sides for much of the 90 minutes. Irvine Valley controlled much of the possession in the second half, but neither team created very many chances to score.
One of Saddleback’s best opportunities came early in the match when Kacey Curran got in behind the Irvine Valley defense and rifled a shot toward goal. But IVC sophomore keeper Amanda Rashtian was able to make a lunging save to her left and knock the ball away.
The first half ended with no score.
Saddleback had four shots in the first half, while the Lasers only managed one.
IVC picked it up over the final 45 minutes, but it was still Saddleback that got on the board first. In the 71st minute, Curran shot from outside went just over the out-stretched arms of Rashtian. Mackenzie Flynn earned the assist for the Gauchos.
The Lasers pressured to try and tie the match, setting up several deep throw ins and corner kicks over the final few minutes. In the 90th minute with time running out, Hyodo got her foot into a deep shot from the left side that deflected off a Saddleback defender and went over the head of Saddleback goalie Marisa Flasco and into the net.
The head referee blew the whistle not more than a minute later.
Each team finished with six shots on goal in the contest. Rashtian made four saves for Irvine Valley and Flasco had to make three saves for Saddleback.
Freshman sweeper Wendy Rendon led a strong defensive effort in the second half for the Lasers.
“I saw a lot of positive things today,” IVC first-year coach Joe Supe said. “The attitude and discipline was there and our team worked very hard every step of the way.”
Irvine Valley’s record moved to 2-5-2 overall and 0-3-2 in conference, while Saddleback is now 2-3-2 overall and 1-2-2 in conference.
Irvine Valley hosts Santiago Canyon at 3 p.m. next Tuesday. It is part of a doubleheader with the Irvine Valley men’s team. The IVC men play at 1.
The Santiago Canyon women’s team is currently ranked third in the state.