Monday, Nov. 6 was supposed to be a ‘historic day for UC Irvine soccer,’ according to George Kuntz, head coach of the UC Irvine men’s soccer team.
It turned out to be historic for all the wrong reasons.
Anticipating being selected for the NCAA tournament for the first time in UCI history, the men’s soccer team gathered with friends and family to watch the official selection announcement for the NCAA tournament on ESPN News.
What was originally an upbeat and enthusiastic gathering, quickly turned into a room of dead silence when all 48 teams were announced without a single mention of UCI.
Players gazed at one another with disbelief, coming to the realization that their hopes of continuing their remarkable season had ended in a span of five minutes.
After finishing in second place in the Big West Conference, recording a school-record 13 wins and being ranked in the top 25 by every major national soccer poll, the team felt they were shoo-ins for the tournament.
The team had also registered a Ratings Percentage Index
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