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Arab women shoot for more wins

August 24, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — Coming off a one-win season, the Imperial Valley College women's soccer team enters 2001 hoping to take advantage of anything possible.

The Arabs have a new coach in Angelica Ramos, last year's assistant, and five return players, but Ramos doesn't point to herself or her returnees as the biggest weapon she will try to utilize.

The biggest and most important factor Ramos think will help give her squad an edge will be the local heat.

"We really have to take advantage of the heat. All those San Diego teams are used to cool weather and when they come down here it's too hot for them," said Ramos. "So what we're doing right now is practicing a lot. That's how we're going to be ready for them … practice, practice, practice."

Ramos said her tougher methods of practice are geared more for conditioning, which she said the team lacked last year.


"You could tell we weren't really in shape last year. A lot of our girls started getting really tired as the season went on," Ramos said. "But hopefully that won't happen this year. I think the more we practice and the more we condition these girls in this heat, that will prepare them for the games."

While conditioning her players to compete in the over 100-degree weather will be a big part of Ramos' game plan, she said it will be up to the returnees to lead the Arabs squad, which will field about 10 freshmen.

Leading IVC will be returning midfielders Maria Gonzalez and Eredina Villaseñor.

"I think we'll do much better than we did last year. Even though we have a lot of new players, they all have a lot of experience," said Gonzalez, of Westmorland. "I think last year our coach focused a lot on basic beginner things during practice and we didn't focus on conditioning or on the games as much. But that's going to change this year. With the experience we have, we can focus more on those other things to be more prepared for the games."

Said Villaseñor, of Calexico: "Last year we had some really skilled players but they just weren't dedicated to this team and that hurt us. This year we have the girls with skills and they seem to be really motivated and dedicated to doing well. And I think that's very important. We all have high hopes and we hope to win a few games this year."

The Arabs kick off their season at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at East Los Angeles College.

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