After a disappointing end to the 2018 UPSL Spring Season, the Nevada Coyotes were anxiously awaiting the start of the fall season. Only having five weeks between their 3-0 loss to Santa Ana Winds in the Western Conference Finals and the start of the new season, the team was allotted a few weeks off to rest and recuperate. Tryouts were held starting on August 20, with seven new players added to the roster. With the bulk of the team from the spring remaining intact, the Coyotes are ready to get back to work in what is head coach Christian Patiño’s first full season at the helm.
The Coyotes were scheduled to start on the road in Chico, CA against the Chico City Rangers on September 8. However, that game was postponed and no official announcement about the status of that game has been made at this time. That pushed the first game of the season to September 15, as the Coyotes hosted Azteca FC at Damonte Ranch High School. The Coyotes showed why they are the defending Wild West Champions, handing the visitors a 2-0 defeat and taking sole possession of first place after the weekend slate of games. The win also extends the club’s Wild West unbeaten streak to 20 matches.
Michael Cole opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a header off of a well-placed corner kick from Kieran Toland. As was the case for much of the spring season, the defense held firm in not allowing the opposing team to get close to goal, with most of Azteca’s shots taking place from distance and off-target.
The game was heading for a 1-0 finish when newcomer Jair Hernandez was able to break free and take a well-timed shot on the Azteca keeper in the 86th minute. As with every shot on goal, Azteca’s netminder was only able to block the shot, but not catch it. However, this time Luis Camacho was there to pick up the rebound and knock it into the back of the net to give the home team the 2-0 margin of victory.
The second goal was a huge goal as it allowed the Coyotes to take over first place in the Wild West North from Azteca, who had defeated Napa Sporting 3-1 the previous week.
The Coyotes will remain home and take on Chico City this Saturday, September 22 at Damonte Ranch High School at 4 pm. This is a rescheduled home match that was originally scheduled to be played on October 20. However, with the Coyotes already set to travel to Portland, OR for the 2nd qualification round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the same timeframe, this change was made to accommodate that match. Admission for the contest will be $5, with children 10 and under admitted free. For those not able to make it to the match, it will be livestreamed at mycujoo.tv/Nevada-coyotes-fc.