Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Veracruz 3, Santos 2

The final game of week 4 featured things that don’t happen very often based on recent history-most notably, for only the 2nd time since the start of the Clausura 2017, Santos lost-they dropped a 3-2 decision at home to Veracruz. Cristian Menendez gave Veracruz an early lead with a 34th-minute goal, then in the 56th minute Jorge Enriquez’s header got Santos even. Veracruz quickly re-took the lead on an Adrian Luna header in the 59th minute and a Christian Valdez goal in the 64th minute to extend their lead to 3-1. The refs let them play at the end until Santos got a Brian Lozano goal 5 minutes into extra time, but there would be no rallying for another tie. Santos now has matched their entire loss total from last tournament after 4 weeks-1. This also is only the 3rd time in their last 21 games at Santos that Veracruz has won-coming in their record in the last 20 games there was 2-15-3.

Game Stats:
Goals-Cristian Memendez (Veracruz, 34′, 2nd of tournament), Jorge Enriquez (Santos, 56′, 1st of tournament), Adrian Luna (Veracruz, 59′, 2nd of tournament), Christian Valdez (Veracruz, 64′, 1st of tournament), Brian Lozano (Santos, 90+5′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 10, Veracruz 1

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Santos-at Tijuana (8/18)
Veracruz-Queretaro (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: Morelia 1, Santos 1

Week 3 kicked off tonight with a match of teams looking to get their first win of the season as Morelia hosted Santos. Both teams had opened the season with 2 ties, and for a while it looked like there might be a winner…then the real Santos showed up late and, because apparently it’s how the season will go for both teams, they ended in the maybe-expected 1-1 tie. Diego de Buen scored in the 39th minute to give Santos the lead, but they allowed Gaston Lezcano to score the game-tying goal for Morelia right after he entered the game in the 83rd minute. Both teams now have 3 ties in 3 games, and going back to last tournament Santos now has 14 ties in their last 20 games.

Game Stats:
Goals-Diego de Buen (Santos, 39′, 1st of tournament), Gaston Lezcano (Morelia, 83′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Santos 4, Morelia 3
Amarillas-Santos 3 (Jorge Sanchez, 8′, Jorge Enriquez, 50′, Ulises Rivas, 87′), Morelia 1 (Emanuel Loeschbor, 90+3′)

Venue: Estadio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacan
Attendance: 24,093 (68.8% capacity)

Next up:
Morelia-at Queretaro (8/12)
Santos-Veracruz (8/13)

Apertura 2017 Week 2 Results: Santos 1, Tigres 1

In the last game of week 2, Tigres looked to build on their strong opening game victory as they visited Santos. For a while it looked like that would happen, but then Santos became Santos and it wound up a typical Santos result-a 1-1 tie. Eduardo Vargas gave Tigres the lead with a 12th-minute goal, and it looked for a while like it would hold up, moreso after the 32nd-33rd minutes when Santos racked up 2 Amarillas and coach Jose de la Torre go a Rojas! HE GONE! But Julio Furch scored an equalizer goal for Santos in the 58th minute, and in the 76th minute Tigres’ Enner Valencia helped the hosts’ part by following up his week 1 hat trick with a Rojas! HE GONE! And that’s how it would wrap up. Tigres gets their 4th point through 2 games while Santos gets their 2nd tie to open the new year and their 13th (!) in the last 19 regular season games. And they’ll be without their head coach as they prepare for a short week-they have the early Friday game this week.

Game Stats:
Goals-Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 12′, 1st of tournament), Julio Furch (Santos, 58′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 2
Corner Kicks-Santos 5, Tigres 4
Amarillas-Tigres 6 (Francisco Meza, 29′, Enner Valencia, 45′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 50′, Anselmo Junior, 86′, Javier Aquino, 86′, Jesus Duenas, 90+3′), Santos 3 (Osvaldo Martines, 32′, Furch, 32′, Jorge Sanchez, 85′)
Rojas-Tigres 1 (Valencia, 76′), Santos 1 (Jose de la Torre, head coach, 33′)

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 26,382 (90.2% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-at Morelia (8/4)
Tigres-Queretaro (8/5)

Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Santos 2, Leon 1

The second day of Women’s Week 1 matches kicked off this morning with Santos hosting Leon, a game that saw the hosts run away early then hold on late for a 2-1 Santos win. Blanca Rodriguez & Joseline Hernandez scored back-to-back goals for Santos within the first 9 minutes for a quick 2-0 lead, and while Sanjuana Muoz got Leon within 1 with a 75th-minute score, it was as close as they would get.

Game Stats:
Goals-Blanca Rodriguez (Santos, 2′, 1st of tournament), Joseline Hernandez (Santos, 9′, 1st of tournament), Sanjuana Muoz (Leon, 75′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Santos 1 (Rodriguez, 37′), Leon 1 (Maria Rangel, 81′)

Venue: Estadio Cancha Sintetica, Torreon, Coahuila (Santos U-17 home venue)
Attendance: Nil

Next up:
Santos-at Atlas (8/5)
Leon-Monterrey (8/4)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Lobos 2, Santos 2

The newly-promoted Lobos BUAP made their official Liga MX debut yesterday, hosting Santos in their first-ever game at the top level. Naturally it was a day of firsts for the home team, as they turned in a respectable, if not unexpected performance against the visitors, earning their first point in the standings thanks to a 2-2 tie. Lobos’ first-ever Liga goal came in the 14th minute thanks to Santos’ Jorge Enriquez with the first OWN GOAL of the season! Julian Quiones became the eternal trivia answer by scoring the first official Lobos goal in the 31st minute. Osvaldo Martinez & Julio Furch scored the Santos goals, both in the first half. Dating back to the start of last tournament, Santos earned their 12th tie in 18 games, and it looks like that trend may continue this tournament for better or worse. Unfortunately for Lobos a lot of people didn’t get to see them play as they apparently were unable to finalize a TV deal for their home games prior to the start of the season-one of two teams to be in that scenario (Atlas didn’t re-up their old deal and didn’t get a new one done either). At least they have their first road game next week and will be more visible.

Game Stats:
GoalsJorge Enriquez (Santos, 14′, OWN GOAL), Osvaldo Martinez (Santos, 22′, 1st of tournament), Julian Quiones (Lobos, 31′, 1st of tournament), Julio Furch (Santos, 43′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Santos 4 (Ulises Rivas, 16′, Martinez, 25′, Walter Sandoval, 74′, Jorge Tavares, 82′), Lobos 1 (Pedro Aquino, 25′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario BUAP, Puebla
Attendance: 5,815 (26.8% capacity)

Next up:
Lobos-at Queretaro (7/29)
Santos-Tigres (7/30)

Nestor Araujo Injured In Exhibition Game

During the Mexican National Team’s exhibition game vs. Croatia this past weekend, Mexican striker Nestor Araujo suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal of his right hand. He was hospitalized and had successful surgery yesterday. It’s not known how long he will be out but he is expected to begin rehab in one week. Hopefully he will be ready in time for the new Liga MX year that begins in about 6-7 weeks. Araujo played for Santos this past year.

Source: Santos Laguna press release

Disciplinary Commission Investigation Update

The Disciplinary Commission has completed its investigation into incidents that happened during the Jaguares-Santos game in Clausura 2017 Round 16, where fans & “animation group” members invaded the field and briefly halted play among other incidents. The Commisson determined that Jaguares violated 3 articles of the Sanctions Regulation, and the punishment is an undisclosed fine and a stadium veto, meaning their first home game of the Ascenso MX 2017-2018 season will be played in a closed/empty Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna. No penalties were levied against Santos.