Men's Soccer

Men's soccer team falls in conference opener to Cypress

Men's soccer team falls in conference opener to Cypress

The Irvine Valley men's soccer team dropped its Orange Empire Conference opening match on Tuesday at the OC Great Park.

The Lasers couldn't get much going and Cypress, which is ranked No. 15 in the state, scored a goal in each half for the win.

Irvine Valley's record went to 4-6-0 overall and Cypress improved to 5-2-2 overall.

Just seven minutes in, Cypress nearly scored on a shot by Daniel Klebau, but IVC freshman keeper Isaac Hernandez made a kick save.

One of Irvine Valley's best chances came midway through the first half when freshman forward Ivan Lopez made a great move on a defender and then fired a shot that was saved by Cypress goalie Alex Felix.

Cypress took the lead for good in the 35th minute when a ball was rolled through to Alfonso Montano he took it himself and beat Hernandez to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead.

The Chargers almost added to their lead early in the second half. Cal Richards flicked a ball that hit the bar.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Darke hit a shot just wide for the Lasers shortly after.

Cypress put the game out of reach in the 67th minute with its second goal.

Julio Perez scored off an assist from Nomar Ibarra to make it a two-goal contest.

IVC's goalie Hernandez kept it a 2-0 game with a couple of nice saves over the final 10 minutes.

Hernandez finished with five saves in goal for the Lasers, while Felix had three saves for Cypress.

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