Danielle de Seriere can't stop smiling.
The senior goalkeeper is one of many reasons the UC Irvine women's soccer team is off to an 8-1-2 start and has earned the program's first national ranking.
And de Seriere said Monday during taping for the year's first edition of the Blue & Gold Report radio program that she was anything but indifferent about the Anteaters' noteworthy opening.
"It's awesome," said de Seriere, who has posted four shutouts to help Coach Scott Juniper's squad outscore teams, 25-11, this season. "I'm so excited."
UCI has generated excitement among some pollsters, as it was ranked No. 23 by Soccer America on Monday. The 'Eaters, who have won five straight and are unbeaten in their last eight, heading into Friday's Big West Conference opener against visiting Pacific at 7 p.m., are also ranked No. 3 in the West Region by the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America.