Women's Soccer

Women's soccer team closes out 2016 season with a victory

Courtesy of On My Game Photography
Courtesy of On My Game Photography

Irvine Valley's women's soccer team closed out the final week for its season with two positive results in Orange Empire Conference matches.

The Lasers tied Golden West, 3-3, at home on Tuesday and then defeated Norco, 3-0, on the road on Thursday afternoon.

Irvine Valley finished the year with a record of 7-8-6 overall and 5-7-4 in conference.

IVC ended up in fifth place in the conference standings.

The Lasers nearly let their match against Golden West get away on Tuesday.

IVC led, 2-0, at halftime on goals by sophomore midfielder Vanessa Gonzalez and sophomore midfielder Lexi Benedict. It was Benedict's team-best 14 goal of the season.

But Golden West scored the first three goals of the second half to take a 3-2 lead.

Irvine Valley earned the tie with a late goal on a penalty kick by freshman forward Emily Rodriguez.

The Lasers then finished the year with a shutout on the road at Norco Thursday.

All three of Irvine Valley's goals came in the second half.

Sophomore Samantha Mendoza scored off an assist from sophomore defender Rosa Soto-Aleman just a minute into the half.

Then Gonzalez scored just two minutes later to give Irvine Valley a 2-0 advantage.

Sophomore midfielder Payton Purcell closed out the win with a goal in the 90th minute off an assist from sophomore forward Helene Drean.

Sophomore goalie Yesenia Pulido had to make just three saves in goal for the clean sheet.

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