Fourth year coach Patrick Daley can already see the Peninsula boys soccer team has its work cut out.
After last season saw the Panthers split the programs first Bay League title since 2003, Peninsula is off to a rough start, losing three of its first six contests while scoring just three goals.
"Goals are hard to come by," Daley said.
Such is to be expected of a team that features six sophomores and a freshman, not to forget a completely different lineup than last year.
Returning on the back line is Skylar Wining, and last season's Offensive Player of the Year, Eugene Kim, gives the Panthers some experience up top along with captains Rohan Brar and Daniel Delarosa.
"I'm looking to those guys to help lead our young, inexperienced team to a turnaround over winter break, and then into the remainder of league play," Daley said.
Peninsula has already had to play two league games, which is different than in years past, where league play began after the New Year.
The Panthers fell to Mira Costa 1-0 on Dec. 11, and tied Leuzinger 1-1 in double overtime on Dec. 14. Peninsula ended the 2018 portion of its schedule with a 1-0 victory over Lawndale on Dec. 17.
Peninsula picks its season back up Jan. 3 before resuming league play Jan. 8 at Centennial. What appears to be the Panthers toughest week on the schedule features Palos Verdes (Jan. 15, at Peninsula) and Mira Costa (Jan. 18, at Mira Costa).
The Panthers close the season with a pair of road games against Redondo (Jan. 28) and PV (Jan. 30).
"It will be a season of grit and character as we develop our youth behind a small group of seniors," Daley said.