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Liga MX Femenil recap - 2019 Clausura Week 1

Tigres dominates, Santos surprises, and a Goal of the Year candidate in the first week of 2019.

Tigres UANL v Pumas UNAM - Playoffs Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

Liga MX Femenil is back, and what a week it was. Tigres got back to their dominant ways, Santos Laguna equaled their win total from the last torneo already, and some good performances by Atlas and Pachuca punctuated an exciting first week back.

Cruz Azul 2, Pachuca 4: Cruz Azul’s Norma Gaitan scored the first goal of the torneo in the fourth minute, but it was all downhill from there for La Maquina. Ana López scored two goals in two minutes, Sanjuana Muñoz hit a goal-of-the-year candidate in the 27th minute, and Lizbeth Ángeles cleaned up a rebound off of the cross bar as Pachuca won handily. Sharon Barba got a consolation goal in stoppage time for the hosts, but it’s Muñoz’ goal that will be the one on highlight reels.

Necaxa 0, Santos Laguna 1: Yahaira Flores’ redirection in the 36th minute was enough to for Santos Laguna to get the win over Necaxa. 18 year old goalkeeper Wendy Toledo got her first shutout since a similar 1-0 result against Necaxa to open the 2018 Apertura.

Puebla 1, Veracruz 1: Guillermina Martínez scored a goal befitting a rugby scrum for Puebla in the 60th minute, but it was Ixzayana Viveros header deep into stoppage time that would salvage the draw for Tiburones Rojos.

Monarcas Morelia 1, Atlas 3: Alejandra Franco got the scoring started for Atlas in the 28th minute, and Joana Robles was able to capitalize twice on mistakes by Monarcas goalkeeper Maricruz Gonzalez as Atlas downed Morelia 3-1. Estela Gomez scored the lone goal for the hosts off of a free kick just after the halftime break.

Toluca 1, Lobos BUAP 1: Zaira Miranda sprung Mariel Roman on a great through ball in the 29th minute to give the hosts the lead, but it was a fantastic individual effort in the 68th minute by Itzia Tenahua that would get the tie for Lobos BUAP. Tenhua was able to hold off a defender and find Gloria Narváez, who hit this stunner for the visitors.

Chivas 2, León 0: Center back Arlett Tovar put El Rebaño Sagrado on the board in the sixth minute on a header off of a corner kick. Kristal Soto put the game out of reach in the 19th minute thanks to an incisive pass by María Sánchez that Soto was able to bring down between two defenders and shoot on frame.

Tigres UANL 7, Querétaro 1: Tigres put on a thoroughly dominant display to defeat Querétaro 7-1. Lizbeth Ovalle was the only player to score a brace, including a long-range bomb to get scoring started in the 22nd minute. Nayeli Rangel and Jazmín Enrigue scored off of corner kicks, Katty Martínez capitalized on a goalkeeper error, Liliana Mercado hit a fantastic free kick from just outside of the box, and Vanessa González converted a penalty for Tigres. Sandy Cruzado got the lone goal for Querétaro.

Tijuana 0, UNAM Pumas 2: Estefany Hernández capped a great counterattack with a chip over goalkeeper Itzel González and Paola Chaverro was kept onside on a great through ball and hit a shot to the far post as time expired as Pumas downed Tijuana 2-0 in Baja California.

Next week:

Saturday, January 12:

Atlas (1W 0D 0L) vs. Chivas (1W 0D 0L)

Club América (0W 0D 0L) vs. Toluca (0W 0D 1L)

Sunday, January 13:

Monterrey (0W 0D 0L) vs. Necaxa (0W 0D 1L)

Monday, January 14:

Lobos BUAP (0W 1D 0L) vs. Cruz Azul (0W 0D 1L)

Veracruz (0W 1D 0L) vs. Tijuana (0W 0D 1L)

León (0W 0D 1L) vw. Tigres UANL (1W 0D 0L)

Pachuca (1W 0D 0L) vs. Puebla (0W 1D 0L)

Santos Laguna (1W 0D 0L) vs. Monarcas Morelia (0W 0D 1L)

Bye week: Pumas UNAM (1W 0D 0L), Querétaro (0W 0D 1L)