The full schedule of Liga MX returned this weekend, and while the senior team held Cruz Azul to a 0-0 draw, the Fuerzas Basicas were not so lucky. This was probably our lowest week top to bottom in 2017, with just two wins from five games among the major youth/reserve squads. That fact, by the way, should give you an idea of how successful our Fuerzas have been this season.
It was a double dip for the reserves this week, who made up their previously cancelled game on Wednesday in addition to their regularly scheduled weekend match. It what was the first (and best) result of the week for the Tigres organization, Los Felinos smacked Atlas 3-0 at our Zuazua complex. In an eventful first half, Colombian Bryan Lucimí scored just two minutes into the match. Miguel Quintanilla added two more in the 11th and 26th minutes to put the game to rest early on. On Saturday, Tigres Premier were host to Mineros de Fresnillo, the best non-reserve team on Tigres’ schedule this season. Like the senior team, the reserves drew 0-0, a decent (though not great) result for this fixture.
The Sub20 team suffered a tough 3-0 loss to Cruz Azul on Saturday. This was their second loss of the season, and it drops them down to 2nd place behind rivals Monterrey. The big names that were present (Luciano Augusto, Jhonatan Aranda, and Rafa Duran) all failed to find the net, and the boys conceded three times to a team that doesn’t exactly have a stellar offense. Cruz Azul are having a peculiar season, finding themselves very high up the table yet maintaining a goal difference of zero, so maybe you could chalk this up to catching La Maquina at a bad time, but this is a second straight stumble for a team that looked dominant through the first 8 weeks of the season.
Tigres Sub17 were also shut out in their match against Cruz Azul, completing the sweep for La Maquina. Cruz Azul Sub17 managed a 1-0 victory over our boys, courtesy of a goal from Hector Gonzalez in the 54th minute. This Cruz Azul squad was not particularly dangerous, though Gonzalez is having a fine year for them. Notable players Patrick Ogama and Bryan Ruiz both were subbed out around the 70th minute, while César Hernández put in nearly the full 90. Sebastián Ulloa made his 2017 debut at goalkeeper, and of course played the entire game. Tigres have now managed just a single goal in their past three matches.
Tigres 3a had a rematch with Atletico Allende, who they lost to by a score of 1-0 back in November. This time, it was Tigres who emerged victorious, also by a score of 1-0. It was all square until the 60th minute, when 16 year old David Ayala slotted home a penalty to put Los Felinos ahead. Ayala has 11 goals this season, by far the most on the team, and 7th most in Grupo XII. The win means Tigres leapfrog Atletico in the standings, and move up to second place.
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