EDGAR ZUNIGA - Monday, September 12, 2011
DaMarcus Beasley notched an assist that sparked a comeback that fell short of a victory, while Paco Torres and Pachuca were pulverized by Tigres this weekend south of the border.
Estudiantes Tecos 0 - 2 Jaguares
Estudiantes Tecos fell to Jaguares thanks to a pair of goals by Luis Gabriel Rey.
Jaguares took advantage of a shaky Tecos defense that finally broke down in the 59th minute, when Christian Valdez filtered a pass from outside the box to Rey, who right-footed the ball past Tecos 'keeper Christian Martinez.
Just two minutes later, Rey scored again on a counterattack after a failed Tecos corner kick that was carried up the field by Franco Arizala, who passed to Rey for the easy goal.
Herculez Gomez came in as substitute for Eduardo Lillingston in the 70th minute but was unable to help his team avoid a consecutive loss.
Although Tecos had a few opportunities to score, the game was largely dominated by Jaguares, who now find themselves in fourth place, just three points from the front-runners.
Next up for Gomez and company is a Sunday visit to Tijuana to face Xolos.
Tigres 5 - 0 Pachuca
Jose Francisco Torres and his Pachuca teammates were drubbed by Tigres , leaving the hosts as the only undefeated team in the top fligh of Mexican soccer.
Hector Raul Mancilla scored a hat trick to pace Tigres in the demolition of Pachuca, which looked lackluster on offense and committed many errors on the defensive end.
Mancilla scored the first goal in the 19th minute on a rebound from a header by Danilinho who tried to score off a centering pass by Damian Alvarez.
Just five minutes later Alvarez whipped in another center which was headed into the net by Lucas Lobos, putting Tigres up 2-0.
David Toledo produced the third goal of the match when he ventured into the box and, pressured by Calero, passed to his left to an open Mancilla, who tapped in the 3-0.
In the 69th minute, Tigres went up 4-0, courtesy of defensive miscues by Calero, who was unable to track down a free kick by Alvarez, and Segundo Castillo, who accidentally knocked the ball into his own net.
Tigres finished off Pachuca in the 79th minute, when Toledo floated a centering pass over the bewildered Pachuca defense and found the feet of Mancilla, who didn't waste his shot, making it 5-0.
Tigres remained in second place, right behind Chivas, while Pachuca dropped five spots to 12th.
Jonathan Bornstein unsurprisingly failed to make the bench for Tigres.
Tigres travel to face Atlante in Cancun next Saturday while Torres hopes to get back on track when Atlas comes to town the same afternoon.
Atlas 1 - 1 San Luis
Atlas did just enough to avoid another loss but were unable to crawl out of last place after drawing with San Luis.
Michael Orozco started the game for San Luis but did not figure in the final score and was subbed out in the 83rd minute.
Atlas took the lead when Mauricio Romero was awarded a goal in the 37th minute, giving the home crowd a fleeting sense of hope, which was erased by Michael Arroyo's tying goal 20 minutes later.
Romero's goal was actually an own-goal that occurred when Saul Villalobos sent in a centering pass from the left flank, which was battled for by Romero and San Luis defender Anibal Matellan, who unintentionally hit the ball into his net with his hand.
San Luis drew things even when Arroyo beat the Atlas defense to a through ball by Jehu Chiapas and fooled 'keeper Jose Francisco Canales and punted the ball into the empty net.
Orozco and San Luis welcome Santos Laguna, who opted against hiring Bob Bradley for their head coach position this weekend, to Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramírez on Satruday.
Puebla 3 - 3 Monterrey
Playing at home, up a man for 80 minutes and having a lead in injry time, Puebla inexcusably were held by Salt Lake vanquishers Monterrey.
Humberto Suazo put Monterrey on top with a penalty in the 11th minute after Puebla defender Roberto Juarez was stripped of the ball by Neri Cardozo who then streaked toward the goal and was fouled by 'keeper Alexandro Alvarez.
Monterrey midfielder Jesus Zavala was given a straight red by Romo in the 21st minute after a hard tackle on Roberto Carlos Juarez, who took a shot to the face by Zavala's leg.
Nevertheless, Puebla was not able to capitalize and a series of errors led to Monterrey's second score in the 58th minute, when Cesar Delgado whipped a pass toward the net that deflected off the foot of Juarez and past a diving Alvarez.
Puebla finally got on the board in the 68th minute, when DaMarcus Beasley chipped a nice a pass into the heart of the area that found Isaac Romo, who had subbed in just three minutes earlier, and headed the ball into the Monterrey goal.
Five minutes later, Puebla tied the game when Gonzalo Pineda sent a corner kick that floated across the box to Lucas Silva, who headed the ball back into the area, where Juarez scored on a diving header that sent the ball to the far upper corner of the net.
Puebla kept piling on the pressure and took the lead in the 79th minute, when Pineda sent a pass across the box that was headed toward the box and a streaking Jonathan Orozco, who beat a pair of defenders, controlled the ball and fired the shot into the goal.
The late Monterrey penalty came when when Sergio Santana stole the ball from the Puebla defense deep in the box after a poor Beasley back pass to his 'keeper when a clearance out of play would have been the smarter choice. Santana took control of the ball and crumpled to the ground when he was pressured by an approaching defender.
Luis Ernesto Perez scored the penalty to knot the score with the last kick of the match.
Beasley will hope to make amends next time out when Puebla travel to Guadalajara to face Chivas.
Club America 0 - 1 Atlante
Club America plummeted to the nether regions of the Primera Division after their latest loss against a weak Atlante team that had lost five their last seven.
Edgar Castillo was in the starting 11 but was a non-factor in Club America's 0-1 loss.
Atlante took advantage almost immediately, scoring the lone goal in the 48th minute when Osvaldo Martinez sent a blistering shot from the left top of the box and into the far corner of the net after Juan Cuevas approached from the left flank, drew two defenders and passed to Martinez.
America did just enough to prevent Atlante from adding to their tally but were unable to generate any offense of their own.
Castillo and his teammates now find themselves in unusual territory, three points from rock bottom, in 16th place.