After a breakthrough season that included a trip to the Sweet 16 in the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as a school single-season record of 19 victories, one might wonder what the UC Irvine women's soccer team can do for an encore.
Predictably, fifth-year coach Scott Juniper has an answer at the ready.
"We can beat anyone," said the 2010 West Region and Big West Conference Coach of the Year, who returns seven starters from a team that posted an unprecedented perfect Big West regular-season record of 8-0 on its way to a 19-3-2 finish.
"Last year, we refused to step on the field without believing we could win a game. The players know that now. This year, we have four top-25 opponents and the players are fired up for every single one of them."