It was a rough Friday night across the board for the Anteaters.
- The most heartbreaking development was women’s soccer losing in the first round to San Diego in overtime, on penalty kicks. The loss eliminated UCI from the NCAA Tournament, ending their second straight successful season with a 14-4-3 record. Amanda Hardeman saved Irvine from losing in regulation with a goal with only 90 seconds left in the game as UCI brought their goalkeeper up for an extra (wo)man. Penalty kicks has got to be the worst way to lose in the playoffs. I vote for a switch to the NHL policy of having endless overtimes until a victor is decided. The loss is a sour note to the end of standout seniors CoCo Goodson, Judy Christopher, and Lexi Kopf’s careers with UCI. They will be missed next year.
Men’s basketball’s 77-56 loss to No. 24 Cal was more expected, but still tough to watch. Cal’s experience and size was evident throughout, and UCI never seriously challenged despite cutting the lead to 13 in the second half. Monday’s match-up against San Jose St. will provide a more fair evaluation of the team’s chances this year.
- Women’s basketball and women’s volleyball suffered more frustrating defeats, losing to Portland St. and Cal State Northridge respectively. Coach Molly Goodenbour’s group started strong, and led by 10 with about 11 minutes remaining. However, they let the lead slip, and lost 80-76. Even more dismaying, women’s volleyball put up a horrible effort in game four of their 3-1 loss, losing 25-12 to the Lady Matadors. The season is lost for women’s volleyball; hopefully coach Paula Weishoff can turn it around next year.