The Coyotes – El Paso’s professional arena soccer team – battled to the end, but couldn’t pull off the victory at home on Thursday night.
The Coyotes dropped their first game of the season in the Major Arena Soccer League with a hard-fought 9-5 loss against the reigning Pacific Division champion San Diego Sockers at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Despite the loss, El Paso received solid play from forward Omar Tapia, with two goals, and midfielders Hugo Puentes, Christian Gutierrez and Jorge Rios, with one goal each.
Thursday’s game was the season opener for the Sockers, who were led by forward Kraig Chiles with three goals.
The 1-1 Coyotes, under head coach Jose Luis Treviño, now hit the road to face the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas on Sunday, November 19, at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
They return home for a matchup against the Soles de Sonora at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, November 25, at the Coliseum (4100 East Paisano) Home games also feature Max the Coyote mascot, the Coyote Girls, music, games, giveaways and more. Concession and souvenir stands will be open.
The Tickets cost $10, $15 and $25, and are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.