The 2017 soccer season is beginning in some familiar surroundings for the Alice Coyotes Friday.
The Alice boys begin the new season at home in Memorial Stadium in the annual Alice Coyote Kickoff Cup. The tournament begins Friday and concludes Saturday.
This year’s field is made up of eight teams, including Alice, Austin Veritas, Gregory-Portland, London, Moody, John Paul II, Rockport-Fulton and Victoria West.
The tournament begins with Gregory-Portland squaring off against London, which is in its first year ion organized soccer. Alice’s first game in the bracket is at noon against soccer powerhouse, Rockport-Fulton. Alice will face either John Paul II or Astin Veritas in the second round.
Alice coach Juan Rivadeneyra said the tournament should put his Coyotes up against some early challenges, especially for his team which went 6-11-2 last year.
“I thin it’s a good tournament for us.” he said. “We have teams from all over, good teams.”
2017 Alice Coyote Kickoff Cup
Gregory-Portland vs. London, 9:30 a.m.
Moody vs. Victoria West, 10:45 a.m.
Alice vs. Rockport-Fulton, 12 p.m.
John Paul II vs. Austin Veritas, 1:15 p.m.