Irvine Valley’s women’s soccer team got off to a great start Friday against Norco.
But the Lasers couldn’t close the Orange Empire Conference match out.
After leading, 2-0, at halftime, Irvine Valley gave up three goals in the second half and fell to the Mustangs, 3-2, at home.
The loss dropped Irvine Valley’s record to 2-12-2 overall and 0-10-2 in conference.
Norco improved to 6-9-1 overall and 5-6-1 in conference.
Irvine Valley looked well on its way to its first win in conference this season, jumping out to a 2-0 lead.
The Lasers scored in the 15th minute. Freshman forward Scarlett Acuna sent a cross into the box from the right side. Norco goalie Jordin Crosby got her hands on it, but couldn’t control it. And IVC freshman Desirae Santana was there to tap the ball in.
Irvine Valley nearly added to its lead. A shot by freshman forward Yasmine Hart sailed over the top of the goal and then a shot by freshman forward Ruriko Yoshimura went just over the crossbar.
IVC did make it a 2-0 game in the 44th minute. A ball was played forward to freshman Tatiana Bush, who out-raced a defender and then beat Crosby with a low shot. It was Bush's first goal of the season.
The Lasers led, 2-0, at halftime.
But Norco stormed back in the second half. Monica Santana was able to get a hold of a loose ball in the box and score in the 50th minute to pull Norco to within 2-1.
The Mustangs tied the score at 2-2 in the 62nd minute when Caitlin Crouse’s shot got past IVC freshman keeper Emma Connelly.
And a ball misplayed in the IVC defensive end ended up at the feet of Justina Martinez and she scored the game-winner in the 80th minute for Norco.
IVC’s best chance in the second half came on a shot at close range from Acuna, but Crosby was there for the save.
Crosby made seven saves in goal and Connelly had nine saves for Irvine Valley.
The Lasers play again next Tuesday against Saddleback at JSerra High in San Juan Capistrano at 6:15 p.m.