The El Paso Coyotes added another notch in the victory column, keeping their Major Arena Soccer League playoff hopes alive, as they outlasted the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas 14-12 on Saturday night.
The Coyotes, who lost to the Tacoma Stars 10-7 in Washington on Friday, are now 8-9 and in third place, two games behind the Soles de Sonora, 10-6, in the Southwest Division. Only two home games remain in the regular season for the Coyotes.
Monterrey, who is 15-0, has already clinched a place in the playoffs, while the 3-15 Barracudas have been eliminated. That leaves the Coyotes and Soles battling it out for the final playoff spot in the division.
The top two teams from each division — Southwest, Pacific, Eastern and Central — qualify for the playoffs.
During the weekend games, El Paso was led by midfielder Jorge Rios, and forwards Fernando Gatica and Daniel Frias with three goals apiece. Guiding the Barracudas were defender Ismael Pineda and forward Fernando Moreno with three goals each, while forward Nick Perera led the Stars with four goals.
The Coyotes now face the Ontario Fury (9-8, Pacific Division) at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Coliseum. Tickets, which are buy one, get one free, cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and are free for kids. They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.