The silver lining to the strong fall season is the topic of conversation at Raider Pavilion.
The Moorpark College men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams not only all tasted success in the Southern California regional playoffs, they all lost to the eventual state champions.
"Could have had three state championships," said Moorpark athletic director Howard Davis, jokingly. "What kind of fall would that have been?"
All three coaches enjoyed the success of their eliminators.
"I'd rather lose to the state champion than a team who loses the next match," said women's soccer coach Eric Privat.
"You don't feel as bad as you would if you were beaten by a team that lost the next match," said men's soccer coach Sean Roche.
Both soccer teams actually pushed the eventual state and National Soccer Coaches Association of America national champions all the way in 1-0 losses.
"And to think they went all the way and they only narrowly beat us," said Roche.
The Moorpark men fell in a regional semifinal at top seed Mount San Antonio, while the Moorpark women fell in a regional final at top seed Santiago Canyon.
"I felt that our players, for one of the first times, really pushed themselves to the limit and beyond," said Privat. "That's how you keep on building a program."
Instead of a moral victory away to a top seed, the women's volleyball team was the higher seed in the tight five-game regional final at Raider Pavilion.
"It certainly shows how close we were this year," said Moorpark coach Steve Burkhart.
The No. 4 Raiders actually scored more points that night, but No. 5 Orange Coast went on to win a series of close matches to claim its third state championship of the decade.
"After I looked at our team and how close we were to beating Orange Coast," said Burkhart, "I thought, 'Oh gosh,' after they went all the way. But they won a lot of really close games through the state tournament, so maybe they were a bit mentally tougher than everybody else."