It was a rough weekend for the senior squad, who suffered an embarrassing loss to Jaguares on Sunday night. We saw a wide variety of results for the Fuerzas Basicas at each level, with the younger levels in particular putting up fantastic performances.
In the only tame result of the jornada for a Tigres team, the reserves drew 1-1 with Monterrey. Tigres Premier fell behind 1-0 in the 13th minute, and trailed at the half. Then in the 66th minute, one of the great oddities of football occurred: Tigres keeper Miguel Ortega stepped up to take a penalty, and slotted it into the bottom left corner to level the score. This was actually not Ortega’s first goal, he also scored once during the Apertura. Tigres are currently placed 16th out of the 46 teams in the Liga Premier, and are 3rd in Grupo 1.
The Sub 20 boys had a day to forget when they squared off with Chiapas U20, and were handily defeated by a score of 4-1. The defeat ends Tigres’ perfect start to the season, and is another very impressive result for Jaguares, who have had identical results to their own senior team thus far. The lone bright spot came very early, with Rafael Durán putting Los Felinos ahead just seconds after kickoff. From that point onward, Chiapas controlled the game and slowly fought back, scoring two goals in each half.
Tigres U17 stomped their Jaguares counterparts 5-0 to pick up the best result vs a Chiapas team all weekend. The story of the day was endurance; Los Felinos showed impressive stamina throughout the entire match, and scored the majority of their goals near the end of the game, including four in the second half. While Chiapas made 5 substitutes and still tired as the match wore on, Tigres used just 2 subs, with the majority of the team playing the full 90 minutes. The goals were scored by Patrick Ogama, Jesús Garza (2), Bryan Reyes, and Juan Rodríguez. Some of you may recognize these names; Ogama is the son of Juninho, and Reyes is the team captain. The moment of the match was undoubtedly the 85th minute wonder-play from Reyes. Bryan ran the entire length of the field, swerved his way through several Chiapas defenders, then blasted a powerful strike into the bottom-right corner to score what may be the goal of the season.
The third team played on Saturday, against Tuneros de Matehuala, and cruised to a 6-0 blowout victory. Tuneros are certainly not having a great season, but the result is impressive nonetheless. With the win, Tigres jump up one spot to 4th place in Grupo XII, though they are still 8 points behind the leaders. The game was never much of a contest, with Tigres first scoring in the 18th minute and never looking back. Goals were contributed by five different players: Omar Doria, David Ayala (2), Francisco Castañeda, Marlon Araiza, and Adrían Garza. David Ayala now has 9 goals this season, good for 7th place in Grupo XII.
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