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Liga MX Femenil, Clausura Weeks 11 & 12: Tijuana hands Monterrey first defeat of 2022

Photo: Club Tijuana Femenil.

The last two rounds of fixtures in Liga MX Femenil action were close together, with Week 11 action spanning from March 16-18 and then Week 12 picking up on March 20-21. Because of the closeness in match weeks, we have combined both for this recap.

Week 11 remained unscathed with no surprise upsets.

  • Club América 4-1 Querétaro
  • FC Juárez 1-1 Mazatlán
  • Club León 2-0 Puebla
  • Necaxa 2-2 Toluca
  • Tigres 4-0 Cruz Azul
  • Santos Laguna 0-1 Pachuca
  • C.F. Monterrey 1-0 Atlético San Luis
  • Chivas 3-0 Club Tijuana
  • UNAM Pumas 0-0 Atlas

Meanwhile, Liga MX Femenil had a a couple blowout performances and one major shock in Week 12 of Clausura action. A team that has been inconsistent, to say the least, this year defeated the reigning champions and current first-place team. Club Tijuana topped C.F. Monterrey at home on Monday, capping off a big weekend as the playoff push continues.

Club Tijuana 2, C.F. Monterrey 0

What a result for Tijuana. This is a team that has struggled to find wins this year, but keep themselves alive in the playoff race due to seven draws. Tijuana’s only prior win of the season win came in the first week, in a 2-1 victory over Santos Laguna. Since then, the team has amassed seven draws and three losses.

Now, they add on three points over the reigning Apertura champions. Tijuana hosted Monterrey and had two different goal-scorers — notably not named Renae Cuellar — lift them over Rayadas. After a scoreless first half, Paola Villamizar out ran her defender and shot past Alejandra Godinez. Villamizar originally settled the ball off the opening play with her chest, putting it just out of reach of Godinez.

Xolos doubled the lead in the 61st minute with a tap-in from Sanjuana Muñoz, which was assisted by Cuellar. Muñoz snuck behind Monterrey defender Rebeca Bernal, while Alejandra Calderón pulled back to cover oncoming Tijuana striker Dulce Alvarado.

Monterrey is still in first place after the loss, but now the difference between them and both second-place Tigres, and third-place Chivas, is three points. Could the loss have opened up the door for Tigres to take the top spot? Monterrey only has one loss this season, while Tigres and Chivas have zero losses, but three draws.

Meanwhile, Tijuana is looking to clinch a playoff spot. Right now, they sit in ninth place, right outside the final playoff spot, with 13 points. Only ahead of them is Querétaro — a team with two postponed matches to play, while most league teams only have one postponed match to make up.

Tigres 6, Club León 0

Monday was a night to forget for Club León, but one to remember for Tigres. It was especially a night to remember for Stephany Mayor and Mia Fishel.

Mayor, who is third in the league for most goals scored, tallied all three of her goals in the first half. Mayor began with a hard hit past León goalkeeper María Martínez while colliding with defender Victoria Swift. Nigerian international Uchenna Kanu assisted after intercepting the ball within the León attacking area. Mayor’s second goal came off a two-touch strike in the box, after an assist from Lizbeth Ovalle. The hat-trick was complete in the 42nd minute with a chip over Martínez.

Fishel scored first for Tigres, in the 12th minute, but it was the assist from Ovalle that deserves just as much attention. Fishel was assisted once again by Ovalle in the 50th minute. Meanwhile, Lydia Rangel put a bow on the evening for Tigres with a header off a corner kick in the 63rd minute.

Tigres is now within three points of the first-place spot — although goal differential would put them under Monterrey as it stands, but not by much.

Cruz Azul 0, Pachuca 2

Pachuca has been one of the more underrated sides this Liga MX Femenil season. Charlyn Corral is currently tied for first on the goal-scoring leaderboard with Chivas striker Alicia Cervantes. Corral scored both goals for Pachuca in their road win over Cruz Azul.

Corral scored early, in the 9th minute in front of goal. Late in the second half, Corral notched her brace with a hit to the low corner, after her initial attempt was blocked. Cruz Azul did nothing to attempt to clear the ball while Corral received her own rebound.

Pachuca is sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, taking hold of fifth place. But, the race for the top is tight between the top five teams. Right now, Club América and Pachuca both have 25 points and could jump up to second place in as little as one week. They’ve got Mazatlán next, and then it’s a major showdown with Rayadas.

Other Clausura Week 12 Scores

  • Querétaro 3-0 Necaxa
  • Atlético 2-4 Santos Laguna
  • Atlas 2-1 FC Juárez
  • Toluca 0-4 Club América
  • Chivas 1-0 Puebla
  • Mazatlán 0-2 UNAM Pumas

Liga MX Femenil Clausura Table | Week 12

NOTE: The top eight teams in Liga MX Femenil will qualify for the Liguilla, which are the playoffs.

C.F. Monterrey100192530
Club América81291925
UNAM Pumas44410216
Club Tijuana27322-713
Club León33521-912
Santos Laguna31718-710
Cruz Azul23619-99
Atlético San Luis15518-88
FC Juárez11920-94

Looking Ahead: Clausura Week 13

*All Times in Eastern Time.

Saturday, March 26: Cruz Azul vs. Atlas at 2 PM

Saturday, March 26: FC Juárez vs. UNAM Pumas at 9 PM

Sunday, March 27: C.F. Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna at 12 PM

Sunday, March 27: Puebla vs. Club América at 2 PM

Sunday, March 27: Atlético San Luis vs. Tigres at 7 PM

Monday, March 28: Toluca vs. Querétaro at 6 PM (TUDN)

Monday, March 28: Pachuca vs. Mazatlán at 9 PM

Monday, March 28: Club León vs. Chivas at 11 PM

Monday, March 28: Club Tijuana vs. Necaxa at 11 PM


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