The UC Irvine men's soccer program did much better playing its opponents than the percentages last season. So it was that despite a 14-3-3 record, its second Big West Conference regular-season title in three seasons, and a No. 8 national ranking, the Anteaters were denied an at-large berth into the 48-team NCAA Tournament.
An upset loss to Cal State Fullerton in the conference tournament that UCI had won the previous two seasons, its No. 62 RPI ranking, two losses in its last three games, and a lack of a signature win left what Coach George Kuntz said may have been his best team ever out of the postseason.
Innocence, a bit of prestige and a modest streak of two straight postseason appearances were not the only things lost in the 2010 campaign. Close to 85% of the goal production is also gone, though Kuntz believes that his roster is rife with potential firepower.