The Imperial Valley College men's soccer team kicks off what it hopes is a turnaround season at 5 p.m. Monday as it travels to Yuma to take on Arizona Western College.
While hopes are fairly high, the Arabs could run into problems as they only return two players from the 2000 squad, during which IVC finished 6-8 in the Pacific Coast Conference.
While IVC coach Rafael Contreras doesn't see that as a major problem, he does think it will put more pressure on his younger players.
"The young guys will be a key for us this year because we only have two returners," said Contreras. "But what will help is that (the freshmen) have played a lot together. We have mostly players from Southwest (High School in El Centro) and Brawley (Union High) who have played together before, so that'll help a lot."