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Liga MX Femenil recap - 2019 Clausura Week 3

Two clásicos, a televised match in the United States, and golazos galore from Jornada 3.

Lucero Cuevas celebrates a goal for Club América against Cruz Azul.
Lucero Cuevas celebrates a goal for Club América against Cruz Azul.
Marien Saavedra/Club América

A Clásico Joven to start the week, a Clásico Poblano in the middle, and a live match televised in the United States at the end made for a great weekend in Liga MX Femenil ahead of a doble jornada.

Cruz Azul 2, Club América 3: Cruz Azul hasn’t been performing well, but the Clásico Joven may turn out to be a turning point for the club as they hung in there with defending champions Club América, losing 3-2 in the first match of Jornada 3. Cruz Azul’s Ximena Mendoza got the scoring started in the 27th minute on a free kick that deflected in off of the post. Just before halftime, Lucero Cuevas would tie things up when she slipped her defender and got on the end of a fantastic cross from Mónica Rodríguez in the 42nd minute. Diana González would give Las Águilas the lead in the 52nd when she converted a penalty, but Cruz Azul would tie it up in the 66th when Daniela Monroy converted a penalty for the home side. Alejandra Curiel would be the hero for Club América though when in the 88th minute she got on the end of a cross from Ximena Rios and beat goalkeeper Karen Gómez for the game winner.

Querétaro 0, León 2: Selene Valera hit a close range header in the 34th minute and Denisse Valdez cleaning up a rebound off of a corner kick in the 49th minute gave León their second consecutive win. La Fiera sit tied with three other teams atop Group 2 while Gallos Blancos are winless since October 28.

Pumas UNAM 2, Veracruz 1: Tiburones Rojos’ Zaira Fortis opened the scoring in the seventh minute on a pooly defended close range shot, but it was all Pumas after. Estefany Hernández would draw UNAM level just three minutes later with a bomb into the top corner from about 25 yards out. Dania Padilla would hit the game winner in stoppage when she got past her defender and rifled one past goalkeeper María Tarango. Pumas are undefeated since October 24.

Puebla 1, Lobos BUAP 0: Michel Godínez’ sharp-angle blast in the 46th minute was all that was needed as Puebla won the Clásico Poblano. In the two seasons these clubs have been in existence Lobos BUAP has yet to defeat their cross-town rivals, having lost twice (including Sunday’s game) and drawing once last season.

Monarcas Morelia 3, Monterrey 4: A wild one in Morelia as Rayadas keep pace with the pack atop Group 2 with a win over Monarcas. Monarcas got the scoring started in the second minute of the game thanks to some tenacious defense by the home side and Lizette Rodríguez being able to capitalize on a mistake by Rayadas goalkeeper Claudia Lozoya. Alicia Cervantes would answer though in the ninth minute on a world-class olímpico. In the second half, Aylin Aviléz was able to get onto a corner kick and put it past Maricruz González to put Monterrey up. Selena Castillo would double the lead in the 66th when she hit a square ball up and over González. Monarcas wasn’t done however, and a mere three minutes later María Ruíz was able to capitalize on the chaos surrounding a corner kick and beat Lozoya to draw the home team within one. Dalia Molina would tie things up in the 88th minute when she was left unmarked and hit a hip-high volley in past Lozoya. Deep into stoppage though Monterrey was able to take the ball from just outside of their 18 yard box up the field and Aviléz would hit a shot that ricocheted off of the crossbar to Daniela Solís who would knock it in to secure the win for Monterrey.

Pachuca 3, Tijuana 0: A dominant performance by Pachuca as they down Tijuana 3-0 at home. Ana López got the scoring started in the 41st minute when Pachuca hit Xolos on a counter and López was able to get her head on an arcing cross from Yanin Madrid. Karen Díaz’ unmarked header off of a corner doubled the lead in the 65th minute, and Lizbeth Ángeles would round out the scoring in the 73rd with a rocket from distance.

Tigres UANL 2, Atlas 1: This was the first Liga MX Femenil game broadcast live in the United States on television, and it was a good one between two solid teams. Both teams had solid chances throughout the match, but a combination of poor finishing, good goalkeeping and good (or bad) luck kept the scoring low. Belén Cruz would put Tigres on the board just before halftime when her free kick from distance was misplayed by goalkeeper Ana Paz in the mixer. Evelyn González would double the lead in the 76th on a wonderful shot into the top far corner that Paz had no chance of stopping. Atlas battled back, and Fabiola Ibarra’s perfectly executed free kick in the 81st gave the home side a scare, but Atlas wasn’t able to find a second and Tigres remain in the pack at the top of Group 2.

Chivas 0, Santos Laguna 0: After winning only one game last year and finishing tied for last in points in the Apertura, Santos Laguna has quietly beaten Necaxa and drawn Monarcas Morelia and Chivas to sit fifth in Group 2. While they still have a way to go to replicate the success of their male counterparts, it’s good to see Santos starting to come together and make some noise.

Wednesday, January 23:

Club América (2W 0D 0L) vs. Puebla (1W 2D 0L)

Toluca (0W 1D 1L) vs. Cruz Azul (0W 0D 3L)

Thursday, January 24:

Atlas (2W 0D 1L) vs. Querétaro (0W 0D 2L)

Santos Laguna (1W 2D 0L) vs. Tigres UANL (2W 0D 1L)

Necaxa (0W 0D 2L) vs. Monarcas Morelia (0W 1D 2L)

Lobos BUAP (1W 1D 1L) vs. Tijuana (1W 0D 2L)

Pachuca (2W 1D 0L) vs. Pumas UNAM (2W 0D 0L)

Monterrey (2W 0D 0L) vs. Chivas (1W 1D 1L)

Bye week:

León (2W 0D 1L), Veracruz (0W 1D 2L)