Rejoice, for Tigres have finally won a game! We are back in the mix following a big win over Veracruz on Friday, but what about our youngsters in the Fuerzas Basicas? Read on to see how everyone did this weekend.
Tigres Premier defeated Xolos 2-1 on Saturday. This is not a particularly exciting victory, as Tijuana are one of the worst teams in the league, but it’s hard to complain about a win. Goals came from two familiar names: Daniel Elizondo and Brian Rubio. Rubio is of interest in particular as he is the leading scorer on the team, with five goals in six games. He is now tied for 4th in the Liga Premier golden boot race. Tigres are 4th in Grupo 1, with a game in hand over all of the other top teams.
The Under-20 boys shined again, this time with a 6-0 pounding of Veracruz. A trio of Felinos all scored twice: Julian Quiñones, Jonathan Espericueta, and Jhory Celaya. Obviously, Quiñones and Espericueta already have made their debuts with the senior team, but Celaya, just 18 years old, has not. Jhory now has 3 goals for the Sub 20 team this season. Tigres Sub 20 are now alone atop the Liga MX Sub 20 table, with 18 points, two ahead of crosstown rivals Rayados.
Tigres U17 edged out a 3-2 win over their Veracruz counterparts. Goals were scored by Miguel Rodríguez, Jesús Garza, and Bryan Reyes. It was Rodríguez’ first goal of the season, though he has never been much of a goalscorer. Garza and Reyes both picked up their third goal of the year. This was only Tigres’ second win of 2017; they are still in a playoff spot thanks to their sturdy defense and ability to force draws. The team’s full record: 2W-4D-1L, good for 10 points, though the Felinos’ proficiency in bonus point shootouts has them up to 15 points, leaving them in sixth place.
It’s always a big game in Grupo XII, with the league leaders rarely dropping points. Tigres, unfortunately, lost some serious ground on the leaders after falling 2-0 at home to Bravos de Nuevo Laredo. Though still in 3rd place, the Grupo XII regular season title seems out of reach at this point. Tigres played evenly to Bravos for most of the game, but momentarily lost their focus and conceded two quick goals around the 60′ minute mark. That was all Bravos would need to earn the win. Tigres had been on a 7 match winning streak, with their last draw coming in jornada 15, and their last loss coming all the way back in jornada 14.
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