Irvine Valley's men's soccer team stayed in the mix for one of the top spots in the Orange Empire Conference with a 2-1 win at Cypress on Tuesday.
The Lasers dropped their first match to Cypress, 2-0, on Sept. 28 at the OC Great Park.
But it was a different story Tuesday on the road.
IVC scored the opening two goals and carried on for the win.
It was Lopez's team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Cypress chased to get back in it and cut IVC's lead to 2-1, in the 87th minute on a goal pm a penalty kick by Nomar Ibarra.
But IVC hung on for the three points. Freshman keeper Isaac Hernandez recoreded three saves in the win.
Irvine Valley improved its record to 8-8-0 overall and 4-3-0 in conference. Cypress slipped to 6-6-3 overall and 2-4-1 in the OEC.
The Lasers remain in third place in the conference standings behind Golden West and Santa Ana.
IVC plays again next Tuesday, hosting Santiago Canyon at 3 p.m. at the OC Great Park (Field 18). Fans are welcome with social distancing.