Club Santos Laguna won their first away game under Pedro Caixinha with a 3-1 over Jaguares de Chiapas FC at the Victor Manuel Reyna stadium in the Mexican jungle Friday to kick off week 9 action in the Clausura 2013 of La Liga MX. This is the third game in a row that Santos earns a positive result and moved the Laguneros up to fifth on the league table.
American Herculez Gomez scored a brace and Oribe Peralta broke the net as well, despite wearing a protective mask after a recent surgery. Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey scored for Jaguares. He added the “honor” goal for Jose Guadalupe Cruz’ squad.
The Laguneros took advantage of the defensive errors committed by the home side. Miscommunication between the goalkeeper and the Jaguares defense allowed Gomez to receive a filtered pass from Colombian Darwin Quintero. After beating the defense the North American simply pushed the ball in to give Santos the 1-0.
The lead didn’t last long when Luis Esqueda centered to Rey who just tapped it. The ball had no force with an awkward bounce that goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez could not control. Jaguares closed the gap 1-1 in the 16th.
Two minutes later Peralta gave Santos the lead once more. He received the ball on the left side of the pitch and faked a shot, moved around his marker and fired once he was clear to put the ball past Edgar Hernandez for the 2-1.
Gomez doubled his personal tally for the game three minutes later. He received a pass and easily cleared his marker leaving him face-to-face with Hernandez. He crossed his shot to the opposite post to beat Hernandez for the second time in the evening. Santos took a commanding 3-1 lead.
Santos maintained control of the game and could have increased their lead throughout the match but came up short in the final run. The “Mexican hoops” win their second game in a row and are beginning to come together under their Portuguese coach. Santos hosts Atlante FC next week.
The loss puts Cruz’s job in danger. The team has only won a single game all season with two draws and six losses. They are above last place San Luis FC with three points. The jaguars travel to Mexico City in week 10 to face Cruz Azul.