The El Paso Coyotes put up a good fight, but just couldn’t overcome the deficit, eventually losing to the Soles de Sonora 11-10 in a fierce arena soccer battle, in front of a jam-packed crowd at the El Paso County Coliseum.
Amid the defeat, midfielder Hugo Puentes stepped up for the Coyotes, scoring three goals. Sonora, now 5-6, was guided by standout forward Franck Tayou, who scored three times, boosting his league-leading goal total to 34.
With the loss, the Coyotes also gave up their hold on second place in the Southwest Division of the Major Arena Soccer League, moving the Soles into the No. 2 spot behind division leader Monterrey Flash, who boast an unblemished 11-0 record.
El Paso, now 5-7, moves into third place after dropping five straight games.
The Coyotes next face the Turlock Express at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Coliseum (4100 East Paisano.) Tickets cost $5, $10, $15 and $25, and are free for ages 12 and under.
They are available at the Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online.
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post