Irvine Valley's women's soccer team battled back, but it wasn't quite enough in a 3-2 Orange Empire Conference loss to Saddleback on Tuesday night.
The defeat dropped Irvine Valley's record to 10-6-2 overall and 7-6-1 in conference.
The loss, which was IVC's second straight, moved the Lasers into fifth place in the conference standings.
Irvine Valley and Saddleback were tied for fourth heading into the match.
Danyelle Allen, who leads the state in goals, gave Saddleback a big lead in the first half with three goals.
She scored in the sixth minute, 22nd minute and then the 32nd-minute to give the Gauchos a 3-0 lead at the half.
But that was as close as the Lasers got.
Irvine Valley takes on the top team in the conference on Friday, traveling to Santiago Canyon for a 3 p.m. match.