The soccer term for shutouts is clean sheets and the UC Irvine men's team has been determined detergent this season.
The Anteaters (5-0), ranked No. 8 by College Soccer News, have matched the best start in program history by setting a school record with five straight shutouts.
Junior goalkeeper Andrew Fontein was the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America's national player of the week last week, and with 14 career shutouts, his next pristine performance will make him the UCI career leader. His 0.83 career goals-against average already ranks No. 1 in school annals and Coach George Kuntz has said the three-year starter's ability to make scoring threats disappear is nothing short of magical.
But there is more than mystique behind this year's complete lack of concession, beginning, most notably, with the four-player unit that lines up in front of Fontein.
Senior outside back Corey Attaway is the team captain and comes into today's 1 p.m. nonconference contest at Sacramento State with 49 career starts. His three goals this season are one more than he had in his previous three seasons combined and tie him for the team lead in 2010 with senior forward Spencer Thompson.