The Alice Coyotes played the role of spoiler Wednesday evening.
With a relentless offensive attack and a solid defense, Alice kept Victoria West on their heels. West fought off a furious push by Alice in the final minute to deny the Coyotes of a victory; however, the damage had already been done. It was a 2-2 draw on the scoreboard, but it was a moral victory for Alice and a gigantic set back for West’s playoff hopes.
With the tie, Alice improved to 2-9-2 for the season. With the season winding down, the tie diminishes West’s chances of seeing the postseason.
For the Coyotes, the outcome provided some late-season enthusiasm, especially since it came against a Victoria West squad which Alice hadn’t scored against in three earlier games this season.
“Our kids fought hard tonight,” Alice coach Juan Rivadeneyra said. “It was our fourth meeting with Victoria West, and we hadn’t scored against them until today. Of course, we would have rather won, but we’ll take a tie over a loss.”
The Coyotes were the aggressors from the start, and it yielded an early goal when Alessio Pergolari got past the West defense and scored off a short kick. The Coyotes went up 2-0 midway through the first period of an Austin Perez penalty kick. Sergio Garcia was credited with an assist.
Defensively, Morris Molina had five saves.
Victoria West scored a goal before halftime and another midway through the second half. Alice failed to convert during a wild final minute in which they moved the ball inside and had a pair of corner kicks.
The Coyotes play again Friday on the road against Corpus Christi Miller in Buccaneer Stadium.
Victoria West 3, Alice 0
The Lady Coyotes were shutout at home Wednesday night.
Alice plays again on the road Friday night against Miller. Game time is 8 p.m.