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Liga MX Femenil recap: 2021 Apertura, Week 10

Tigres remain perfect, Mazatlán draws América, and the U17s tournament will finally get started.

Marilyn Campa of Pumas celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal of her team during a match between Pumas and Juarez as part of the Torneo Grita Mexico A21 Liga MX Femenil on September 27, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Marilyn Campa of Pumas celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal of her team during a match between Pumas and Juarez as part of the Torneo Grita Mexico A21 Liga MX Femenil on September 27, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images

With the international break behind us, Liga MX Femenil heads into the final half of the season. Tigres remained perfect against a very good Tijuana team, Santos kept defying expectations by getting a 2-2 draw against Rayadas, and winless Mazatlán got just their second draw of the season, holding América to a 0-0 tie.

Gallos Blancos de Querétaro 1, Club Atlético de San Luis 1: Both teams will feel that they should have left with more than a point, as both had chances that they didn’t take advantage of. Querétaro got on the board first in the 66th when Leidy Ramos took advantage of a scuffed clearance and hit a shot that deflected in off of Brenda García for an own goal. The lead was short lived however because two minutes later Rebeca Villuendas hit a rocket of a free kick from distance to draw the sides level.

Mazatlán FC 0, Club América 0: A game that América simply had to get three points from and instead wound up in a scoreless draw against the team at the bottom of the table. Full credit to Mazatlán, who held América scoreless even after defender Monique Burgess suffered an injury in the 27th minute of play.

Atlas 3, Cruz Azul 0: A good win by Atlas against Cruz Azul, who are hanging on to the eighth spot by a thread. Andrea García hit a wonderful golazo in the 13th off of a free kick to set the tone of the match. Alison González looks rejuvenated after spending the prior week with the Mexican National Team, scoring a nice goal inside the area in the 57th minute and doubling that in stoppage off of a corner kick and creating several dangerous chances. Atlas is also getting minutes from Fabiola Ibarra and Adriana “Boyi” Iturbide again, and if both are healthy going into the playoffs they could cause real problems for any team.

Santos Laguna 2, Monterrey 2: Another good result for Santos, getting a draw against a regional rival who has historically had their number. Alexia Villanueva put Santos up in the 48th minute after being played in on a nice ball by Katia Estrada. Desirée Monsiváis had a penalty attempt stopped by Nicole Buenfil in the 65th minute, but knocked the rebound in to pull the sides level. Monsiváis gave Rayadas the lead in the 76th on a ridiculous goal from the top of the box. But Santos were awarded a penalty and Villanueva converted it two minutes later to get a hard-fought draw for Santos, who thanks to América’s draw against Mazatlán remain in fourth place while Rayadas remain in second.

UNAM Pumas 3, FC Juárez 0: A brace by Marlyn Campa was more than enough as Pumas downed Juárez 3-0 at Estadio Olímpico. Campa hit a fantastic goal in the 21st, getting a touch, turning, and firing past diana García to put Pumas up. Natalia Valadez converted a penalty in the 47th after being brought down in the box, and Campa got the brace in the 51st by capitalizing on an error by García. The win by Pumas puts them just three points behind Cruz Azul for the eighth and final spot in the Liguilla, although there is plenty of time left for things to play out.

Toluca 1, Puebla F.C. 1: A tough draw between two teams that are seeing their Liguilla ambitions intact but dwindling. Puebla looked to have scored in the 30th minute when Mariam Castro played a great ball forward to Mariana Ramos, who knocked it past Wendy Toledo. The AR’s flag was raised however and the goal waved off, although replays showed a VAR review may have upheld the goal. Puebla got their goal however in the 40th when Mirelle Arciniega hit a rocket of a free kick from distance that just went through Toledo’s hands. The lead was short-lived however when Toluca were awarded a penalty just before the half and Yamanic Martínez converted it to draw the sides level and secure the draw.

Tigres UANL 3, Club Tijuana 0: Tigres remains perfect after 10, downing a good Tijuana squad 3-0. Katty Martínez put Tigres up in the second minute on a header in the box off of a great cross in from the corner by Bianca Sierra. Tigres could have had a second in the fifth minute when Stephany Mayor played a wide open Jackie Ovalle, but the resulting shot missed going into the open net. Itzel González had a decent game in goal for Tijuana, but Tigres were relentless in the attack. In the 55th Natalia Villarreal hit a shot that González tipped into the woodwork. Villarreal would suffer a scary collision a few minutes later and was put in a neck brace and taken off of the field. Tijuana almost tied it in the 61st when Jazmín Aguas was played in on goal, but the shot just missed the net. Mayor got the second goal of the evening in the 75th minute on a header off of a free kick, and again in the 83rd on a great ball into the box from Ovalle. González made a great stop on Mayor in the 86th to deny the hat trick, but the damage was done.

León 1, Necaxa 1: A tough game on a soggy pitch as León and Necaxa draw. Marta Cox put León up in the 19th on a blast from inside the box. Necaxa looked to have grabbed the equalizer in the 37th when Angeles Martínez tipped a lobbed ball up into the air and Karen De León hit it on the volley into the empty net, but it was ruled offside. Sabina Velázquez got the equalizer in the 61st minute off of a free kick, tapping the ball into an empty net after neither team could quite get to it. In the 87th a penalty was awarded to Necaxa, but Angeles Martínez made the stop on the attempt by Andrea Martínez to keep the sides level.

Guadalajara 2, Pachuca 1: A good win by Chivas to keep pace with Rayadas. Carolina Jaramillo capitalized on a miscommunication in the Pachuca defense in the 10th minute to put Chivas up. Pachuca tested goalkeeper Celeste Espino with some long range shots, and Lizbeth Ángeles almost converted one in the 19th, striking the woodwork. Chivas doubled their lead in the 22nd on a nice touch from Miriam Castillo on a corner kick. Pachuca pulled one back in the 85th when Linda Bravo got onto a Mónica Ocampo cross in the box, but they would get no more on the evening.

Notes and other things

Liga MX Femenil’s U17 division is mostly up and running. The league website has updated to include the 13 teams, their rosters, and some of the rules and regulations of the league. A couple of things caught my attention: first there are five teams without U17 teams, Monterrey, Cruz Azul, Juárez, Puebla, and Toluca. Not great, but hopefully it means those teams are looking to do this the right way instead of throwing together something haphazardly.

Second, every team must have a woman as either a head coach or assistant coach. This is really good for the growth of women’s soccer in Mexico, with women now getting at minimum equal representation in the coaching ranks and opportunities that they might not have had prior. This will obviously open doors to more women in Liga MX Femenil and perhaps Liga MX coaching roles.

Third, the league is requiring “a record of recent studies that verifies the academic formation of each element”, which I believe means there will be checks for a basic level of education of the incoming players. Hopefully it will lead to enforcing some sort of education standard for the players; Santos’ (boys) youth players already have academic requirements imposed by the club, so it stands to reason that they would be imposing similar standards on the (girls) youth players and that other clubs could voluntarily do the same.

The first match will be Chivas hosting León on Saturday, October 3.

COFECE, Mexico’s Federal Commission for Economic Competence, has sanctioned 17 clubs, the FMF, and eight people a total of 177.6 million pesos (roughly USD$8.7 million) for collusion regarding the transfer market as well as not abolishing the Liga MX Femenil salary cap.

Corinthians won their third Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol Feminino 4-1 on aggregate over Palmeiras. Corinthians will start their quest for a second Copa Libertadores Femenina title in the past three years on November 4 against Argentina’s San Lorenzo.

While it’s good that Cedella Marley has organized a fundraising match for the Jamaica Women’s National team, if we’re being honest she shouldn’t have to. The daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley (as a resident of Wilmington, Delaware I’m obligated to point out that the elder Marley lived and worked here in the 1960’s) has long been a benefactor of the team, but it’s really the job of the Jamaica Football Federation to pay for the things that the women’s team needs in order to be competitive.

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

Saturday, October 2:

UNAM Pumas (2-5-3) vs. Guadalajara (8-1-1) - 12:00 PM - TUDN (United States and Mexico)

Guadalajara U17 (0-0-0) vs. León U17 (0-0-0) - 3:45 PM

Atlas U17 (0-0-0) vs. Club Atlético de San Luis U17 (0-0-0) - 3:45 PM

Pachuca (2-3-5) vs. Toluca (2-2-6) - 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 3:

Puebla F.C. (3-1-6) vs. Tigres UANL (10-0-0) - 12:00 PM - TVC Deportes (Mexico)

Club Atlético de San Luis (1-3-6) vs. Mazatlán FC (0-2-8) - 5:00 PM - ESPN (Mexico)

Monday, October 4:

Necaxa (3-2-5) vs. Gallos Blancos de Querétaro (2-4-4) - 5:00 PM - TUDN (Mexico)

América (6-3-1) vs. Cruz Azul (4-2-4) - 7:00 PM - TUDN (United States and Mexico)

Monterrey (8-2-0) vs. León (2-3-5) - 7:00 PM - FOX Sports (Mexico)

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

FC Juárez (1-2-7) vs. Santos Laguna (6-3-1) - 9:00 PM - TUDN (Mexico)