Last week that Liga MX Femenil The Liguilla playoffs were determined with the eight best teams securing the spots. That week the order took a turn, Santos Laguna dropped to sixth place and Club America moved up one place. We summarize what happened in the last regular week of the Apertura season in Mexico.
society America 4, Club Leon 1
Club America jumped to fifth after beating Club León and losing to Santos Laguna. America dominated León, bottom of the table. Sarah Luebbert, on loan from the Chicago Red Stars, scored in the first minute when she picked up the ball in the penalty area when León couldn’t clear and shot past goalkeeper Diana Sanchez.
Daniela Espinosa scored two goals in the first half – that is, in the early first half – and one in the second half for a hat trick. Her sixth-minute goal actually went over the line as Leon defender Victoria Swift was on the goal line but lacked the timing to clear the ball. Three minutes later, Espinosa hit the net again and scored with a penalty.
In the second half, her hat-trick was completed with a right-footed shot from Sanchez’s fingertips into the net. Espinosa was surrounded by two Leon defenders but still managed to shoot them cleanly.
Club León came on the board in the 27th minute thanks to a goal run by Marta Cox and controlled the ball as it bobbed up and down.
Santos Laguna 0, Tiger 2
Santos Laguna didn’t have a cheap matchup last week and faced the reigning champions and first place Tigres. Santos are now entering the playoffs lagging behind and also have a three-game losing streak.
Tigres scored both goals in the second half. Lizbeth Ovalle was the first to step onto the board in the 52nd minute after a free kick bounced around the box and eventually fell to her. Captain Sandra Mayor scored the second and final goal after an Ovalle Mayor cross found the penalty area.
Tigres took first place, but Monterrey was hot on their heels the entire time.
Other Apertura results at week 17
- Toluca 0-4 Chivas
- UNAM Pumas 4-0 Mazatlan
- CF Monterrey 5-0 Cruz Azul
- FC Juarez 2-4 Club Tijuana
- Pachuca 2-0 Querétaro
- Puebla 0-4 Atlas
- Atlético San Luis 1-1 Necaxa
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- Alicia Cervantes scored two goals for Chivas in a 4-0 win over Toluca. With a total of 17 goals, Cervantes won the Apertura Golden Boot and prevailed against Renae Cuellar (15) from Club Tijuana and Monica Monsivais (14) from CF Monterrey. Alison Gonzalez and Stephany Mayor shared fourth and fifth places with 13 goals.
- Mexico will face Canada in two upcoming friendly matches in FIFA’s international window in November. The games will be played on November 27th and 30th. Mexico will host the Games and Canada will hold their camp in Mexico, which Bev Priestman calls “pivotal”.
Priestman said, “Canada’s trip to Mexico is crucial on our journey to the 2022 Concaf Women’s Championship next summer. This tour will allow us to evaluate some female players for the future and begin some of our tactical adjustments ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 of the group building experiences for what will come in 2022 and beyond.
- The list for the upcoming games is below.
Liga MX Femenil Apertura Table – Week 17
NOTE: The eight best teams in the Liga MX Femenil qualify for the Liguilla, the playoffs. These teams have been hired.
|* CF Monterrey||14th||2||1||10||35||44|
|* America Club||9||4th||4th||19th||14th||31|
|* Santos Lagoon||9||3||5||26th||11th||30th|
|* Cruz Azul||7th||3||7th||28||-13||24|
|Atlético San Luis||2||7th||8th||32||-18||13th|
Outlook: Apertura playoffs round 1
*All times in Eastern Time
LEG ONE | Friday 3rd December
Cruz Azul receives Tigres at 12:45 p.m.
Santos Laguna hosts Atlas at 6pm
Club America welcomes Chivas de Guadalajara at 8 p.m.
Club Tijuana welcomes CF Monterrey at 9:30 p.m.
LEG TWO | Monday 6th December
Atlas receives Santos Laguna at 12 noon
Chivas de Guadalajara welcomes Club America at 5 p.m.
Tigers receives Cruz Azul at 7 p.m.
CF Monterrey welcomes Club Tijuana at 9 p.m.
*There is currently no TV listing set for the Liguilla. We’ll update when it’s available.