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Liga MX Femenil, Apertura Week 12: Pachuca defeats América thanks to Chinchilla

Photo: Club Pachuca Femenil.

After the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup wrapped up, an influx of players made their ways back to their respective Liga MX Femenil clubs. A few players, too, joined the league altogether.

One of those players was Priscila Chinchilla, a Costa Rican women’s national team player. At the World Cup, Costa Rica fell flat, placing fourth in a tough group that included Spain, Japan and Zambia. Chinchilla was named to the roster, but did not find the back of the net in a defensive system.

After the tournament, she joined Club Pachuca, where there are powerhouse forwards and stars, including Jenni Hermoso and Charlyn Corral. However, Chinchilla has slotted in nicely, scoring three goals in four games. Two of those goals came in a big match against Club América in Week 12 of the current Apertura season.

América are the reigning champions, and it was this matchup that featured as last season’s finale.

Chinchilla’s first tally came off a pass from Hermoso, the World Cup winner. Chinchilla timed her run perfectly, and her speed put her miles ahead of her defenders. She took a touch to settle the ball, cut in and hit the ball toward the low corner of the net.

The Costa Rican’s second goal came off the same angle, but the assist is going to be a head-scratcher. Marta Cox, the Panama international, was able to link up with Chinchilla thanks to a long ball that skirted across the face of four defenders. The Tica got her shot off in a similar fashion to her first.

Charlyn Corral and Alice Soto added goals for Pachuca to earn three points. Pachuca is sitting in seventh place and is enjoying a hot streak of four wins in five matches. Having Hermoso back helps, but Chinchilla has been an offensive powerhouse for Tuzos.

For Club América, the reigning league champions had a quick start, with a 6th minute goal from Alison González and a 29th minute goal from Kimberly Rodríguez. América held Pachuca scoreless in the first half, but couldn’t handle their offense in the second. It was América second loss of the season, with their first occurring in Week 9 against Tigres.

Other Apertura Week 10 Scores

  • Necaxa 0-4 C.F. Monterrey
  • Cruz Azul 0-1 Club León
  • Chivas de Guadalajara 5-0 Mazatlán
  • FC Juárez 2-2 Querétaro
  • Atlético San Luis 0-2 Club Tijuana
  • UANL Tigres 3-0 UNAM Pumas*
  • Atlas 2-1 Puebla
  • Santos Laguna 2-2 Toluca

NOTE: Tigres became the first team to qualify for the Apertura Liguilla, the playoffs. The top eight teams advance to the bracket, so seven spots remain available. Right now, Tigres are at the top of the table with 34 points, and a record of 11-1-0.

Player Debut: Club América shocked a few fans domestically and abroad when they announced the signing of French midfielder Kheira Hamraoui. In the last few years, Hamraoui has been swarmed with controversy, surrounding an alleged abduction during her time with Paris Saint-Germain.

Liga MX Femenil Apertura 2023 Table | Week 12

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

UANL Tigres111073834
Club América1002172730
Chivas de Guadalajara83182127
Club Tijuana73214924
C.F. Monterrey65182023
Club León70417021
FC Juárez45316417
UNAM Pumas52520317
Cruz Azul51621-816
Atlético San Luis33623-912
Santos Laguna03935-283

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Looking Ahead: Apertura 2023 | Week 13

*All Times in Eastern Time.

Friday, Oct. 6: Cruz Azul vs. Atlético San Luis at 5:45 PM (ViX+)

Friday, Oct. 6: Atlas vs. Mazatlán at 9 PM

Sunday, Oct. 8: Puebla vs. Santos Laguna at 2 PM

Sunday, Oct. 8: Club América vs. FC Juárez at 5:45 PM (ViX+)

Sunday, Oct. 8: Club Tijuana vs. UANL Tigres at 7 PM

Sunday, Oct. 8: Club León vs. Pachuca at 11:06 PM

Monday, Oct. 9: Toluca vs. Chivas de Guadalajara at 7 PM (ViX+)

Monday, Oct. 9: UNAM Pumas vs. Necaxa at 9 PM (ViX+)

Monday, Oct. 9: C.F. Monterrey vs. Querétaro at 11 PM (ViX+)

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