Club América Femenil may have said goodbye to midfielder Scarlett Camberos, but the team had plenty of fire power this week in Liga MX Femenil. Hosting Chivas de Guadalajara, América stunned Alicia Cervantes and company with a 2-0 shutout win.
Sabrina Enciso struck at the top of the box for the opening tally in the 62nd minute, firing between two defenders and past Chivas goalkeeper Blanca Félix. The defender, who has been with Club América since last year’s Apertura season, looked like another striker.
Andrea Pereira tacked on an insurance goal in the 68th minute, after Club América was awarded a penalty kick. The converted penalty was her third goal of the season.
América has now jumped over Chivas in the standings and sits in the second-place spot with 26 points. Chivas, too, has 26 points, but trails on goal differential (+30 to Chivas’ +16).
Highlight: Pachuca 7, Tijuana 2
Needless to say, it was not a pleasant evening for Club Tijuana. Pachuca unleashed all sorts of pent up fury against Xolos, earning a 7-2 victory at home. Charlyn Corral recorded yet another hat trick, while Jenni Hermoso added two goals. Lizbeth Ángeles and American international Jillian Jennings tacked on goals for Tuzos.
Corral put on a clinic, scoring twice in the first half and early in the second half. Kicking things off in the 9th minute, Corral picked up a goal kick from her goalkeeper and faked out Tijuana goalkeeper Alejandra Gutiérrez, firing toward the corner of the net. Her second goal was nearly identical, scoring off another goal kick. Corral’s third and final tally came after she passed the ball to herself and muscled away her defenders.
Jennings scored off a rebound as Hermoso took a direct free kick that smacked off the post. Meanwhile, Hermoso got on the scoreboard after a dink-and-dunk play with Marta Cox inside the box. The Spanish forward found herself flanked with defenders, and passed the ball to Cox at the top of the penalty area. Instead of firing herself, she sent the ball back to Hermoso, who shook off her defenders, and fired. Initially saved by goalkeeper Gutiérrez, Hermoso scored on the rebound.
Hermoso’s second goal saw her dance in the box around a defender, while being swarmed by three more defenders, and fire a shot off. To finalize things, Ángeles scored off a header during a breakaway play in the 85th minute. Club Tijuana’s misery was finally over.
Tijuana found themselves trailing by three when Paola Villamizar found the back of the net, off a pass from the midfield. After taking one touch to settle the ball, Villamizar fired past diving Pachuca goalkeeper Esthefanny Barreras. Down by four goals, Renae Cuellar stepped up to the penalty spot and converted her shot.
Charlyn Corral has once again taken the top spot in the Golden Boot race, with 13 goals. Hermoso is one spot behind, occupying second place with 12 goals. They are being hunted by C.F. Monterrey’s Christina Burkenroad, who rounds out the top three with 10 goals.
Highlight: C.F. Monterrey 1, Tigres 1
Monterrey and Tigres is a rivalry as old as time. The two teams share the same city of Monterrey and their stadiums are just minutes apart from each other. However, for the Clausura, it was Monterrey that got to host at Estadio BBVA.
Monterrey was on a perfect spell through the season until last week, when they met up with Chivas and drew. This week, a second-straight draw occurred with their rivals.
Nigerian international Chinwendu Ihezuo scored the opening tally for Rayadas in the 38th minute. Diana Evangelista assisted the goal, sprinting toward the box and sending the ball to Ihezuo, who edged out defender Jana Gutiérrez for the tap-in goal.
Tigres equalized after the halftime break. Former UCLA standout Maricarmen Reyes scored the tying goal in the 47th minute, almost identical to how her counterpart Ihezuo scored — but Reyes used her head.
Tigres still remains in their fifth place spot with the point, while Monterrey still holds first place with nine wins, two draws. As the season winds down and the Liguilla grows closer, keep an eye out especially for Tigres’ final landing spot on the table.
Other Clausura Week 11 Scores
- Querétaro 0-0 UNAM Pumas
- Cruz Azul 1-1 FC Juárez
- Toluca 2-1 Mazatlán
- Santos Laguna 1-2 Atlas
- Atlético San Luis 1-0 Necaxa
- Club León 3-1 Puebla
Liga MX Femenil Clausura 2023 Table | Week 11
NOTE: The top eight teams in Liga MX Femenil will qualify for the Liguilla, which are the playoffs.
|Chivas de Guadalajara||8||2||1||10||16||26|
|Atlético San Luis||4||2||5||18||-1||14|
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Looking Ahead: Clausura 2023 | Week 12
*All Times in Eastern Time. All matches on ViX streaming for free.
Thursday, March 30: UANL Tigres vs. Cruz Azul at 9 PM
Thursday, March 30: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Atlético San Luis at 11:05 PM
Saturday, April 1: UNAM Pumas vs. C.F. Monterrey at 2 PM
Sunday, April 2: Puebla vs. Pachuca at 2 PM
Sunday, April 2: Necaxa vs. Toluca at 7 PM
Sunday, April 2: Atlas vs. Querétaro at 7 PM
Sunday, April 2: Mazatlán vs. Club León at 9 PM
Sunday, April 2: FC Juárez vs. Club América at 11:10 PM
Monday, April 3: Club Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna at 11:06 PM
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