Amanda Hardeman's goal in the 88th minute couldn't save UC Irvine. It just delayed the pain.
The Anteaters twice rallied from deficits Friday night but fell short in the tiebreaker and were eliminated by visiting San Diego in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's tournament.
The Toreros (12-7-1) outfired UCI, 5-3, on penalties to advance to next weekend's second-round clash against the winner of Saturday night's game between No. 2 UCLA and New Mexico.
Irvine (14-4-3) was 90 seconds from defeat when Hardeman (Laguna Niguel/Dana Hills HS and Santiago Canyon College) struck from Dana Sanderlin's cross to force a 20-minute sudden-death overtime.
Mariah Butera scored in the fourth minute to provide a lead for San Diego, the West Coast Conference co-champion, and Taylor Housley restored the advantage late in the first half after the 23nd-minute header by Zoya Farzaneh (Irvine/Irvine HS), from Cami Privett's pass, pulled the Anteaters even.
The Toreros were in charge of the tiebreaker from the start, taking a 2-0 lead after goalkeeper Courtney Parsons stopped Judy Christopher (Ontario/Upland HS) on Irvine's first attempt. The next three Anteaters -- Sanderlin (Upland/Upland HS), CoCo Goodson and Zuri Walker -- converted their attempts, but San Diego made all five of its shots. Stephanie Ochs clinched the victory.
In other women's action:
Azusa Pacific (13-2-2) won Golden State Athletic Conference tournament title, outfiring host Point Loma Nazarene, 4-2, on penalties following a scoreless tie in the final. APU, No. 5 in the NAIA rankings, converted on four of five attempts -- Natalie Sun's shot was decisive -- and goalkeeper Alexa Douglas made two stops to thwart the No. 4 Sea Lions (18-1-2).
The Master's (11-9-1) pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory over Trinity Lutheran, from Everett, Wash., in the West Regional semifinal in the NCCAA Division I tournament. The Mustangs advance to Saturday afternoon's clash against former GSAC rival Cal Baptist, now an NCAA Division II school, with the winner advancing to the national finals of the Christian-schools championship.
MEN: Loyola Marymount closes with a loss
Loyola Marymount's up-and-down campaign closed with a 1-0 West Coast Conference loss at St. Mary's in an ugly encounter that featured nine yellow and five red cards.
All but one of the yellows was issued to LMU (7-12-1), which finished the game with seven players -- the minimum -- after John McFarlin, Artur Jozkowicz (Santa Monica/Santa Monica HS) and Phil Da Silva were ejected in the 82nd minute and Ryan Felix (Corona/Santiago HS) in the 85th. The fifth red card was issued to the team, which usually means a coach, not identified, was sent off.
Agustin Cazarez's header in the fifth minute stood up for the Gaels (7-6-5), who took a one-point lead in the WCC standings -- over San Diego, Santa Clara and Portland -- with all the contenders scheduled to finish Sunday.
LMU, which was mathematically eliminated from the WCC title race only with the loss, finished 5-6-1 in conference play.
St. Mary's 1 (Cazarez 5), Loyola Marymount 0
Cal State Stanislaus 1 (Demery 9), Chico State 1 (Downtain 43), OT (Chico State advances on penalties, 4-3)
The Master's 1, Trinity Lutheran 0, OT
Point Loma Nazarene 0, Azusa Pacific 0, OT (APU wins on penalties, 4-2)
UC Irvine 2 (Farzaneh 23, Hardeman 89), San Diego 2 (Butera 5, Housley 41), OT (San Diego advances on penalties, 5-3)
Home teams listed first