Soccer is excruciating. Just ask the men's and women's coaches and players at UC Irvine.
The UCI men were denied an NCAA Tournament bid, despite being ranked as high as No. 7 and being ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the West Region for most of the season.
The Anteaters' women saw their season end in the round of 16 on a golden goal late in the second overtime against Washington.
UCI women's coach Scott Juniper greeted reporters after the Washington game with: "Can you guys spell Grrrr?"
Even Washington Coach Lesle Gallimore, who spent some time as a student at UCI and who advanced past the second round by virtue of a 10-9 penalty-kick advantage at Portland, was quick to recognize the fickle fate that can and, inevitably does, rear its cruel head for all but the most fortunate teams.
"I hate soccer, have I told anyone yet?" Gallimore said with a smile after her team devastated UCI on Sept. 20. "I can't stand soccer. I don't know why I coach it. Its cruel. It's a cruel sport. It's one of those things where it's never good to be on the losing end and there are times when you feel like you've done everything you can and you still don't come out victorious."