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Liga MX Femenil recap: 2021 Clausura, Week 11

The contenders and pretenders are starting to separate themselves, but there are still surprises to be had.

Santos Laguna v Necaxa - Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX Femenil Photo by Manuel Guadarrama/Getty Images

It’s that time of the season when we can start to see which teams are most likely making the Liguilla, which are most likely not making it, and which teams are going to have to fight down the stretch. Eleven teams are the likely ones who will be fighting for spots, but every team is still mathematically alive at this point and will continue to press on.

FC Juárez 1, Cruz Azul 2: A much needed win for Cruz Azul, as they look to stay in contention for a Liguilla spot. Susana Romero put Cruz Azul up in the 40th minute with a fantastic shot from distance that hit off of the underside of the bar and went in. Jessica Vázquez equalized for Juárez in the 63rd when she got a great through ball and hit a shot that got past Karla Morales. In the 68th, Alejandra Curiel converted a penalty for her fifth goal of the season to seal the win for Cruz Azul.

Atlas 3, Guadalajara 3: A Clásico Tapatío that lived up to the billing. Paola García put Atlas up in the 11th minute when she got her head to a free kick and knocked it past Blanca Félix. Carolia Jaromillo equalized just before halftime off of a free kick, and after the half the game got bonkers. Licha Cervantes capitalized on a mistake from Atlas goalkeeper Ana Gaby Paz in the 47th to make her the all-time leading goalscorer for Chivas, surpassing Norma Palafox with 22 goals. Then in the 52nd Ana García got to a bouncing corner kick to tie the match once again. Licha got her second of the match and 23rd all time in the 55th, but three minutes later Marcia García pulled Atlas level once again with a header in the box.

Mazatlán FC 1, Puebla F.C. 1: Despite a tough start to the season, Puebla continues to get results as they drew Mazatlán 1-1 on the road. Lupita Worbis scored her fourth goal in three games when she capitalized on a grave defensive error from Mazatlán, but Las Cañoneras pulled one out at the death when Lili Hernández chipped goalkeeper Siena Ruelas to salvage a draw.

Monterrey 1, Toluca 0: Alex Godínez got her second straight shutout and fourth overall of the season as Rayadas beat Toluca 1-0. Dani Solís got the lone goal for Monterrey, hitting a wonderful shot from just outside of the box in the 51st to pick up Monterrey’s seventh win of the season and push them into third place while Toluca now falls to eighth and is in serious danger of dropping out of Liguilla contention.

UNAM Pumas 0, Club Atlético de San Luis 0: Pumas threatened plenty but Stefani Jiménez had all of the answers, picking up her fourth shutout of the season. Her counterpart Miriam Aguirre picked up her first shutout of the season and eighth of her career, however Pumas sinks to fifth place after sitting atop the table just a couple short weeks ago.

Necaxa 1, Querétaro 0: Estef Hernández’ goal in the sixth minute was the difference as Necaxa picks up their second win of the season. Hernández’ goal was a beauty as she got the ball, stopped, and just hit a shot from 30 yards out that sailed into the back of the net. Lupita Olvera picked up her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career as Necaxa now moves up to 15th place overall.

Pachuca 2, León 0: Another good win by Pachuca, who seem to be overcoming a slow start by winning three of their last four. Karen Díaz put Pachuca up in the 10th minute on a mistake by the León defense, and then Mónica Alvarado added an insurance goal in the 84th on a great passing sequence to set her up in front of a wide open goal for a tap in.

América 2, Tigres UANL 2: While América has been up and down lately, they played a good, solid game against Tigres and ended in a 2-2 stalemate at Estadio Azteca. Montserrat Hernández broke the game open in the 29th with a well placed shot from inside of the box, but in the 41st América would concede a penalty that Stephany Mayor converted. Dani Espinosa put América back up in the 51st when she was on the receiving end of some great passing by Las Águilas, but just a few minutes later América would again concede a penalty. Liliana Mercado converted it for Tigres to level the score once again, this time for good.

Club Tijuana 0, Santos Laguna 1: A solid win for Santos against a Tijuana team that just had a bad day at the office. While both teams had plenty of chances, it was Alexxandra Ramírez who got the lone goal of the game when she was played in on Itzel González and beat her in the 68th minute for the game winner.

Next week (all records are in W-D-L format, all times local):

Thursday, March 18:

Cruz Azul (5-4-2) vs. Mazatlán FC (4-4-3) - TUDN (Mexico) - 10:00 AM

Friday, March 19:

Querétaro (3-1-7) vs. Atlas (7-3-1) - TVC Deportes (Mexico) - 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 20:

UNAM Pumas (6-3-2) vs. León (2-2-7) - TUDN (United States and Mexico) - 12:00 PM

Sunday, March 21:

Guadalajara (6-3-2) vs. Puebla F.C. (1-4-6) - CHIVAS TV, Telemundo Deportes (United States) - 10:00 AM

Club Atlético de San Luis (2-3-6) vs. Santos Laguna (2-4-5) - 5:00 PM

Monday, March 22:

Toluca (4-4-3) vs. Necaxa (2-2-7) - TUDN (Mexico) - 12:00 PM

Pachuca (5-2-4) vs. América (4-4-3) - FOX Sports (Mexico) - 7:00 PM

Tigres UANL (8-2-1) vs. FC Juárez (1-3-7) - TUDN (Mexico) - 8:30 PM

Club Tijuana (4-3-4) vs. Monterrey (7-1-3) - FOX Sports (Mexico) - 9:00 PM