It was 33 degrees at noon Friday when the Alice Coyotes stepped onto Memorial Stadium for their match-up against Rockport-Fulton in the first round the 2017 Alice Coyote Kickoff Cup.

With a stiff northern breeze, it felt more like 24 degrees outside, and just when the Alice boys thought it couldn’t get any worse, it started to drizzle. It was so cold that some of the light rain fell as ice.

That’s when Alice coach Juan Rivadeneyra stepped in and put the situation into perspective.

“It told them, ‘It’s cold, but it’s cold for both teams, so we can’t use that as an excuse,’” he said. “It was cold. It was one of the coldest games that I can remember, but the kids played through it and played well.”

The Coyotes did play well. They dominated Rockport-Fulton and won the tournament game, 4-0.

Alex Gonzalez had two first-half goals for Alice and Jesse Medina scored one before halftime. Sebastian Quezada had a second-half score. Justin Rodriguez and Marcus Gaza were each credited with assists. Goalie Morris Molina had two saves.

“I thought the kids played well in both halves, and that’s something you have to be able to do to win games,” Rivadeneyra said. “We were against the wind in the second half, and I thought we played against the wind very well. We did a good job of possessing the ball throughout the whole game.”

Alice will move on to the winner’s bracket where they will meet up with the winner of the John Paul II and Austin Veritas match-up at 6:15 p.m. Friday evening in the stadium.