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Mia Fishel scores game-winner for Tigres, Monterrey stunned in draw with Juárez – Equalizer Soccer



Photo: Tigres Femenil.

History was made during Week 5 of Liga MX Femenil Apertura competition this past weekend. Carmelina Moscato of Tigres and Ángel Villacampa of Club América became the first foreign-born coaches to face off in league play. Moscato hails from Canada, and was a member of the nation’s bronze-medal winning Olympic team in 2012. Meanwhile, Villacampa is from Spain.

Both coaches joined their respective clubs this past offseason.

Moscato and Tigres earned the victory on Monday night’s match up, which was held at the Estadio Azteca. American international Mia Fishel scored the game-winning goal for Tigres in the 13th minute, intercepting a lackluster back-pass from América defender Janelly Farías back to goalkeeper Itzel González. Fishel pounced and calmly slotted the ball in goal.

América had a few opportunities to equalize, but could not break down the Tigres defense or get past Aurora Santiago. The loss for América ends their unbeaten streak. Villacampa’s side had a hot start to the season, winning three games and drawing once against Atlas.

Meanwhile, Moscato’s group is rolling. After losing their Week 1 match against Atlas, Tigres has been enjoying a four-game unbeaten streak, winning their last three competitions against Querétaro, Necaxa and now América.

C.F. Monterrey 1, FC Juárez 1

Not many people saw this result coming.

FC Juárez were sitting toward the bottom of the table when entering their match against C.F. Monterrey. On the road, Juárez had a mountain to climb, facing off with the 2021 Apertura champions. However, Juárez was able to sneak a point out of Estadio BBVA to the surprise of many Rayadas fans.

Miriam Castillo gave Juárez the lead in the 39th minute with a header off a corner kick. Monterrey goalkeeper Alex Godínez leaped off her line in the hopes of punching the ball away, but Castillo flew in and made contact with the ball. Castillo joined Juárez this past offseason after spending five years with Chivas.

The celebration didn’t last long for the visitors, though. Christina Burkenroad continued her string of scoring with her fifth goal in five matches. The long-ball skipped to Burkenroad and between Juárez defenders Julitha Singano and Paola González, who made no attempt to clear it.

Monterrey hasn’t enjoyed the hottest start to their Apertura campaign. Currently, Rayadas sits in seventh place with eight points. However, it’s early in the season, and Monterrey has some bottom-table opponents coming up on their schedule, including Necaxa and Club León.

Pachuca 0, Chivas 1

Charlyn Corral, Marta Cox and the rest of Pachuca Femenil were waiting for this rematch. Back in May, Chivas won their second Liga MX Femenil title over Pachuca. A few months later, the two sides met up again, this time at Estadio Hidalgo.

Chivas earned the victory once again, flashing their crown and three points over the Tuzos home fans. Damaris Godínez scored the game’s only goal in the 10th minute, bouncing a header into the open net. Originally, the ball hit off the head of teammate Gabriela Valenzuela and took a friendly bounce toward Godínez at the far post.

Chivas is the only perfect team in the league, winning all five of their Apertura matches and taking hold of the first place spot. Meanwhile, Pachuca — a side eagerly anticipating the debut of Jenni Hermoso once she recovers from a knee injury — currently sits in 11th place with six points.

Other Apertura Week 5 Scores

  • Atlético San Luis 2-1 Cruz Azul
  • Querétaro 1-2 Club Tijuana
  • Atlas 2-2 Toluca
  • Necaxa 2-2 UNAM Pumas
  • Santos Laguna 1-2 Club León
  • Mazatlán 1-0 Puebla

Liga MX Femenil Apertura Table | Week 5

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

Chivas de Guadalajara 5 0 0 1 8 15
UNAM Pumas 3 1 1 6 6 10
Tigres 3 1 1 1 6 10
Club América 3 1 1 4 5 10
Toluca 3 1 1 7 3 10
Club Tijuana 3 1 1 5 3 10
C.F Monterrey 2 2 1 10 2 8
Cruz Azul 2 2 1 3 2 8
Atlas 1 4 0 5 1 7
Club León 2 1 2 7 -2 7
Pachuca 2 0 3 7 3 6
Santos Laguna 2 0 3 11 -3 6
FC Juárez 1 1 3 9 -4 4
Mazatlán 1 1 3 9 -6 4
Puebla 1 0 4 11 -3 3
Querétaro 1 0 4 14 -7 3
Atlético San Luis 1 0 4 14 -7 3
Necaxa 0 2 3 10 -7 2

Looking Ahead: Apertura Week 5

*All Times in Eastern Time.

Friday, Aug. 5: Querétaro vs. Mazatlán at 6 PM

Friday, Aug. 5: Tigres vs. Puebla at 8 PM (ViX+ Streaming)

Saturday, Aug. 6: Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna at 1 PM (ViX+ Streaming)

Saturday, Aug. 6: UNAM Pumas vs. Atlético San Luis at 6 PM (ViX+ Streaming)

Monday, Aug. 8: Chivas vs. Toluca at 6 PM

Monday, Aug. 8: Necaxa vs. C.F. Monterrey at 6 PM (ViX+ Streaming)

Monday, Aug. 8: Club León vs. Club América at 8 PM

Monday, Aug. 8: FC Juárez vs. Atlas at 8 PM

Monday, Aug. 8: Club Tijuana vs. Pachuca at 10 PM

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Thorns come from behind to defeat Spirit – Equalizer Soccer




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After a storm delay at Segra field on Wednesday night, a flurry of late goals was in the cards between the Spirit and the Thorns.

Washington Spirit 1, Portland Thorns 2

The Skinny: The Portland Thorns scored two late goals on Wednesday night to come from behind and snatch three points off of the Washington Spirit on the road. With the loss, the Spirit have now matched their club record winless streak of 15 matches (originally set in 2018). The defending NWSL Champions have not won since May 1st.

One Key Moment: Morgan Weaver’s cut inside and run to goal to win the match was sensational. But the amount of space given to Weaver by Spirit defenders – notably Sam Staab – on the play was unfortunate.

Inside the Game: After 75 minutes filled with quality chances for both sides, the Spirit finally got on the board with a goal that could not have been weirder. A high ball came in, and Thorns keeper Bella Bixby managed to punch it just far enough before it was headed and sent back towards goal. Moving backwards, Bixby was able to catch and hang onto the ball, but her momentum pulled her back into the goal and across the line – all with the ball still in her hands. The tally was credited as an own goal.

But just as things looked to be headed the Spirit’s way and towards a much, much needed three points, the visitors had other ideas. First, Kelli Hubly hit the crossbar with a shot, and Christine Sinclair managed to be the first to the rebound, knocking it in for the equalizer. Spirit defending was non-existent on the play.

Then Weaver’s goal completed the comeback for the visitors. In ten quick minutes, the defending champions’ chances of qualifying for the playoffs slipped away even further.

Washington now sit in 10th place with just 12 points, but they have played 16 matches, more than any team in the league.

The Goals:

  1. Washington Spirit — Bella Bixby (own goal), 76′
  2. Portland Thorns — Christine Sinclair, 84′
  3. Portland Thorns — Morgan Weaver (Hina Sugita), 90’+2′

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Burkenroad continues red-hot form – Equalizer Soccer




Photo: C.F. Monterrey

Christina Burkenroad, at this rate, could be the first Liga MX Femenil player to reach 20 goals.

Katty Martinez and Alison Gonzalez are the owners of 18 goals in a respective Liga MX Femenil season, the most in league history. However, with seven goals in just six matches, Burkenroad seems to be on a good track. She added two more goals to her name during C.F. Monterrey’s 4-0 win over Necaxa on Monday night. Aylin Avilez and Rebeca Bernal also added tallies in Rayadas’ clean-sheet victory.

Burkenroad’s first goal was a volley past Necaxa goalkeeper Valeria Martínez. Her second goal was another volley, as she ran side-by-side with defender Karen De León and beat her out.

Burkenroad should be turning her head at the next few matches on the Monterrey schedule. Club León and Mazatlán are next on the docket. With the way she’s playing right now, expect Burkenroad to do some damage against the mid-to-low table sides.

Club Tijuana 3, Pachuca 3

Club Tijuana hosted Pachuca on Monday night and six goals resulted from the dueling forward battle. Renae Cuellar scored twice for Tijuana, while Charlyn Corral picked up where she left off with Pachuca, scoring a hat-trick. The match was back and forth, with Tijuana taking the lead three different times before giving up a final goal to Corral in the 78th minute to split the points. Veronica Perez also added a goal for Xolos.

The draw benefits Tijuana more than it does Pachuca. Tuzos, still awaiting the first minutes of Spanish midfielder Jenni Hermoso in purple, currently sit in 12th place with seven points. Meanwhile, Tijuana has 11 points and is slotted in sixth place. For a side that drew most of their matches last year, Tijuana has won three games to help boost their placement in the Liga MX Femenil standings.

In regards to Hermoso, the midfielder did train for the first time with Pachuca this past week, signaling a potential debut in the coming weeks. Pachuca will take on Querétaro on Monday and then have a big slate against Tigres on August 19. If there was a match that fans would want Hermoso to make a big debut in, it would be that one, despite Pachuca being on the road.

Other Apertura Week 6 Scores

  • Querétaro 2-2 Mazatlán
  • UANL Tigres 4-1 Puebla
  • Cruz Azul 0-1 Santos Laguna
  • UNAM Pumas 3-0 Atlético San Luis
  • Chivas de Guadalajara 2-0 Toluca
  • FC Juárez 0-2 Atlas
  • Club León 2-2 Club América

Liga MX Femenil Apertura Table | Week 6

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

Chivas de Guadalajara 6 0 0 1 10 18
UNAM Pumas 4 1 1 6 9 13
Tigres 4 1 1 2 9 13
C.F. Monterrey 3 2 1 10 6 11
Club América 3 2 1 6 5 11
Club Tijuana 3 2 1 8 3 11
Atlas 2 4 0 5 3 10
Toluca 3 1 2 9 1 10
Santos Laguna 3 0 3 11 -2 9
Cruz Azul 2 2 2 4 1 8
Club León 2 2 2 9 -2 8
Pachuca 2 1 3 10 3 7
Mazatlán 1 2 3 11 -6 5
FC Juárez 1 1 4 11 -6 4
Querétaro 1 1 4 16 -7 4
Puebla 1 0 5 15 -6 3
Atlético San Luis 1 0 5 17 -10 3
Necaxa 0 2 4 14 -11 2

Looking Ahead: Apertura Week 7

*All Times in Eastern Time.

Thursday, Aug. 11: Club América vs. Necaxa at 4:45 PM (ViX+)

Thursday, Aug. 11: C.F. Monterrey vs. Club León at 8 PM (FOXS Sports México)

Saturday, Aug. 13: Atlas vs. Chivas de Guadalajara at 1 PM

Sunday, Aug. 14: Puebla vs. Club Tijuana at 1 PM (Azteca Deportes)

Sunday, Aug. 14: Atlético San Luis vs. FC Juárez at 6 PM (ESPN Deportes)

Monday, Aug. 15: Toluca vs. Cruz Azul at 6 PM (ViX+)

Monday, Aug. 15: Pachuca vs. Querétaro at 8 PM (FOX Sports México)

Monday, Aug. 15: Mazatlán vs. Tigres at 10 PM (FOX Sports México)

Monday, Aug. 15: Santos Laguna vs. UNAM Pumas at 10 PM

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For Sweden, questions remain after EURO heartbreak – Equalizer Soccer




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Sweden headed to England this summer with a clear target: to get to Wembley for the EURO 2022 final and leave with the trophy. 

That did not happen. Instead, the Swedes had to leave the pitch in Sheffield in tears after a humiliating 4-0 loss to the hosts in the semifinal. 

Sweden won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 1984 – a humble four-team competition – prevailing over England in penalty kicks. That was 38 years ago. Even though Sweden has earned medals recently – third at the 2019 World Cup and a silver medal at last year’s Olympics – Swedish players went to England this summer to fulfill their dreams of winning a big international tournament. For the first time in years, the feeling was that Sweden actually could do it this time

Reality hit hard in the final stages once again, however.

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