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Liga MX Femenil recap - 2018 Apertura Week 13

Two braces, a hat trick, and some overtime drama as the women return from the international break.

Queretaro v Dorados - Copa MX Apertura 2018 Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Week 13 marked the return of women’s soccer to Mexico, however there was some unfinished business before the week kicked off...

Pumas UNAM 0, Puebla 0: Picking up where they left off on September 12th due to intense rain, Pumas and Puebla drew 0-0 on October 6th. Pumas’ Brissa Rangel got her first shutout of the year as regular goalkeeper Melany Villeda was out with the Mexico U17 Women’s team. Puebla’s Karla Morales earned her sixth shutout in twelve starts.

Cruz Azul 0, Toluca 3: Zaira Miranda’s short range goal in the 25th minute was sandwiched by goals from Kenya Téllez as Toluca downed Cruz Azul 3-0. Pamela Gutiérrez got her first shutout of the year as Toluca sits in second place in Group 1 with 24 points. Cruz Azul sits in last place in the group with just 2 points,

Querétaro 0, Atlas 1: Ana Paz and the Atlas defense got their fourth shutout of the season as Atlas downed hosts Querétaro 1-0. Ana Rodríguez’ third goal of the season was the difference maker for Atlas, who sit in the fourth and final playoff spot in Group 2 - nine points up on fifth-place Querétaro.

Tigres UANL 3, Santos Laguna 0: Katty Martínez became the Liga MX Femenil co-leader in goals scored with her brace as the team with the best record in the league defeated Santos 3-0. Liliana Mercado scored her fourth goal to complete the rout, while Alejandra Gutierrez notched her second shutout of the season. Santos sits in last place in Group 2 with just five points.

Pumas UNAM 0, Pachuca 3: Mónica Ocampo scored a brace and played Karla Nieto through on her goal as Group 1 leaders Pachuca beat fourth-place Pumas 3-0. Alejandría Godínez picked up her sixth shutout of the season - her second against Pumas and third in the past three games.

Monarcas Morelia 1, Necaxa 2: A dramatic finish with two goals in stoppage time. Necaxa’s Claudia Sánchez would score in the 24th minute to give Necaxa the lead, but María Cruzaley would hit a wonderful free kick from just outside of the box at 90+1’ to draw Monarcas level. Two minutes later, Iran Medina would get the go-ahead goal to win Necaxa’s first game of the season.

Guadalajara 1, Monterrey 3: A hat trick by Mónica Monsiváis was enough to see third-place Monterrey pull within three points of second-place Chivas in Group 2. Priscilla Padilla scored the lone goal for the hosts, while Monterrey remains one of just two unbeaten teams (Tigres is the other).

Tijuana 0, Lobos BUAP 2: Xolos’ woes continue as Lobos BUAP hands Tijuana their seventh loss of the season. Goals from Brenda León and Abigail de Jesús drew sixth place Lobos to within six points of a playoff spot. Tijuana is winless in their last nine matches.

Next week:

Friday, October 19:

Necaxa (1W 4D 6L) vs. Guadalajara (8W 2D 2L)

Saturday, October 20:

Atlas (6W 3D 3L) vs. León (2W 4D 5L)

Sunday, October 21:

Club América (7W 2D 2L) vs. Tijuana (2W 3D 7L)

Lobos BUAP (4W 2D 6L) vs. Pumas UNAM (6W 2D 3L)

Monday, October 22:

Toluca (7W 3D 1L) vs. Puebla (3W 6D 3L)

Pachuca (8W 2D 2L) vs. Veracruz (2W 4D 5L)

Monterrey (6W 5D 0L) vs. Tigres UANL (8W 4D 0L)

Santos Laguna (1W 2D 9L) vs. Querétaro (3W 3D 5L)

Bye week: Cruz Azul (0W 2D 10L), Monarcas Morelia (2W 3D 7L)