BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, March 6, 2011
Jose Torres went the distance for Pachuca in a 1-0 loss to Estudiantes while young American forward Adrian Ruelas made his professional debut for Santos Laguna in a 3-2 loss to club America
Estudiantes 1-0 Pachuca
Jose Torres earned the start yet again for Pachuca in central midfield but the US World Cup veteran was unable help his club achieve a result.
Herculez Gomez also saw the field for Pachuca when he was subbed into the game in the 63rd minute.
Estudiantes controlled most of the game and had most of the opportunities.
In the 11th minute, Estudiantes almost went ahead when Rafael Medina fired a long shot that Miguel Calero was just able to turn aside.
In the second half, Estudiantes was able to grab the lead when Pachuca's Paul Aguilar was whistled for a foul in the box on Rubens Sambueza. The referee pointed to the spot and Mauro Cejas stepped forward and converted the penalty for a 1-0 lead.
After falling behind, Pachuca would continue to fail putting any pressure on the Estudiantes' goal as the Cejas goal would prove to the be the only score of the game which featured six yellow cards.
Both teams remained in last place in their respective division in the Mexican Primera Division with each team having a meager nine points through nine games. Estudiantes is in sixth place in Group A and Pachuca brings up the rear in Group B.
Next week Estudiantes travel to take on Jaguares while Pachuca host Atlante.
Monterrey 2-0 Queretaro
Isaac Acuna started once again for Queretaro and played 74 minutes but was unable to prevent Monterrey from walking away with all three points who prevailed 2-0.
This loss will sting for quite awhile for Queretaro who were awarded two penalties in the first half but failed in each attempt.
In the 30th minute, Carlos Bueno was brought down in the box and elected to take the penalty himself but Jonathan Orozco was able to come up with the big save.
In the 45th minute, Acuna continued his production for Queretaro and earned the penalty as his nice move into the box forced William Paredes to foul him and concede a second penalty. Hector Altamirano stepped up to take the penalty but sent it way over the crossbar.
Monterrey dominated the second half and took the lead in the 49th minute when Abraham Carreno converted from inside the box.
Luiz Perez gave the hosts a 2-0 lead when he sent the ball into an unguarded net after Queretaro keeper Jorge Diaz was pulled out of position.
With the win Monterrey moved into second place in Group A of the Mexican Primera Division with 13 points through nine games. Next week they will travel to take on Necaxa.
The loss dropped Queretaro into last place in Group C with eight points through nine games. Next weekend they host Puebla.
United States U-20 forward Adrian Ruelas made his first team professional debut for Santos Laguna on Saturday in their 3-2 loss to Club America
Edgar Castillo played the final minute for Puebla in their 2-0 win over Atlas
Jonathan Bornstein was an unused substitute for Tigres in their 0-0 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara.