The second half of the season is underway, and while the top teams are starting to pull away, there is still plenty of soccer left to play for most of the rest of the teams to jockey for the remaining Liguilla spots.
UNAM Pumas 3, Tijuana 0: A complete victory for Pumas, limiting Tijuana to just one recorded shot on goal. Estefany Hernández got scoring started for the home side in the 22nd minute when she was able to out-muscle a Xolos Femenil defender and get a close range shot past goalkeeper Itzel González. Daniela García was able to get her head on the end of a cross into the box in the 44th minute and double the lead, and in the 65th minute Ricla Rajunov would follow up on her own rebound to score. Pumas sit in third place in Group 1 with 18 points, two points behind group leaders Pachuca, while Xolos Femenil have eight points - and although they are in a four-way tie for sixth place on points, they’re last in the group due to their -9 goal differential.
Atlas 2, Monarcas Morelia 0: Goalkeeper Verónica Jiménez got her second win and first shutout of the season as Atlas kept pace with Group 2 leaders Tigres UANL by beating Monarcas 2-0. Ana García capped off a brilliant run from midfield with a golazo in the eighth minute, but it was Fabiola Ibarra’s olímpico in the 85th minute that people will remember from this game. Atlas is in third place with 18 points, two behind Tigres while Monarcas are in seventh place with six points.
Querétaro 1, Tigres UANL 4: Tigres continued their dominance, dispatching Querétaro 4-1. Nancy Antonio was able to head in a corner kick in the sixth minute to give Tigres the early lead. She would double the lead in the 24th minute when she hit a shot from 20 yards out that beat goalkeeper Natalia Acuña to the far post. Querétaro would get their lone goal in the 27th minute when Melissa Arredondo converted a penalty. Greta Espinoza would push the lead back to two goals in the 77th minute when she was able to beat Acuña to a rebound and poke it home. Belén Cruz would finish things in the 85th minute when she was left unmarked in the box and got on the end of a cross. Tigres are tied with archrivals Rayadas atop Group 2 with 20 points, however Monterrey has a game in hand. Querétaro sits in eighth place with four points.
Lobos BUAP 0, Toluca 2: Lobos kept it scoreless until the 79th minute when Toluca was able to put together a string of good passes that wound up on the foot of Natalia Mauleon. Mauleon would hit the wide open shot from the top of the box to give Toluca the lead. Two minutes later it would be Andrea Hernández who would get on the end of a pass while undefended at the top of the box to put it away for the visitors. With the three points, Toluca leapfrogs Lobos into fifth place in Group 1 with 10 points. Lobos have eight points, which is 12 off the pace.
Veracruz 2, Puebla 0: Veracruz draws themselves into the four-way tie for sixth in Group 1 with a win over Puebla. Martha Gendrón hit a fantastic free kick in the 49th minute to get Veracruz on the board, and Liliana Hernández would get the insurance goal in the 85th minute on a well placed shot from the top of the box. Veracruz has eight points and is in eighth place in Group 1 due to a -8 differential, while Puebla’s 13 points are good enough for fourth.
Pachuca 1, Cruz Azul 1: Don’t look now, but Cruz Azul are coming to life. Once a punching bag for Group 1, they’ve lost once in their last five and drew the Group 1 leaders. Pachuca’s Ana López was able to clean up the rebound off of the crossbar and hit the slowest of slow rollers in the 19th minute. Cruz Azul would draw level however in the 52nd minute when Norma Gaitan was able to get her head onto a cross and beat goalkeeper Jhanett Hernández. Pachuca is still atop the group with 20 points, but América is one point behind with a game in hand. Cruz Azul sits in seventh with 8 points, knotted with three other teams in points.
Santos Laguna 3, Necaxa 0: A hat trick from Isela Ojeda sees Santos hanging in Liguilla contention as the win over Necaxa has Las Guerreras six points out of fourth place. Ojeda opened things up in the 10th minute when she was sprung on a great ball in, drew out goalkeeper Andrea Rivera, and hit a tight angle shot into the net. In the 29th Ojeda would get her head onto a corner kick to double the lead, and then in the 43rd she would receive a fantastic ball in , beat two defenders, and chip Rivera to complete the hat trick. While Santos sit in sixth, Necaxa are in ninth with just two points on the season.
León 1, Guadalajara 2: Denisse Valdez got on the end of a fantastic through ball from Yamile Franco and knocked one past goalkeeper Blanca Félix to give La Fiera the early lead. Dania Pérez would equalize for Chivas in the 21st minute when she converted a penalty. Pérez would get her second of the evening and the game winner in the 66th minute on another penalty conversion. León are fifth in Group 2 with 14 points, trailing Chivas by three points and group leaders Tigres by six.
Friday, March 1:
Cruz Azul (2W 2D 5L) vs. Lobos BUAP (2W 2D 5L) - Univision Deportes 4:55 PM EST, 3:55 PM CST, 1:55 PM PST
Necaxa (0W 2D 7L) vs. Monterrey (6W 2D 0L)
Sunday, March 3:
Puebla (3W 4D 2L) vs. Pachuca (6W 2D 1L)
Monarcas Morelia (1W 3D 5L) vs. Santos Laguna (3W 2D 4L)
Monday, March 4:
Toluca (3W 1D 5L) vs. Club América (6W 1D 1L) - Univision Deportes 6:55 PM EST, 5:55 PM CST, 3:55 PM PST
Chivas (5W 2D 2L) vs. Atlas (6W 0D 3L)
Tigres UANL (6W 2D 1L) vs. León (4W 2D 3L)
Tijuana (2W 2D 5L) vs. Veracruz (2W 2D 5L)
Bye week: UNAM Pumas (6W 0D 3L) , Querétaro (1W 1D 7L)