FC Juarez Captures Ascenso MX Apertura Championship
The Bravos de FC Juarez accomplished the unthinkable Saturday night at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium by winning the championship of the Ascenso MX 2015 Apertura season. The Bravos defeated Atlante in front of sold out crowd by a score of 3-0 (3-1 aggregate).
It didn't take long for the stadium dubbed “San Benito” to come to a euphoric scream as the first goal came in the fifth minute of play as Derley lobbed a ball past the Atlante defensive line and took a left footed strike past Atlante goalkeeper Irving Zurita.
From that point on it was clear that it was going to be FC Juarez's night.
They dominated the match. Eder Borelli and Gael Sandoval for the Bravos used and abused the left flank to generate countless attacks and opportunities on goal.
The second half of the match started out same as the first, with a goal sooner than anyone expected.
With less than a minute expired in the 2nd half the team from the Borderland initiated their first attack down the right flank. The FC Juarez player attempted to center the ball but badly shanked the kick, then the ball was deflected and rolled about 7 to 10 yards outside the Atlante goal box where midfielder Edgar “Chore” Mejia took a left footed strike with everything he had. The ball struck the upper left part of the crossbar near the corner and spiked down past the goal line. The Atlante goalkeeper didn't even move.
The second half saw more of what happened in the first. FC Juarez dominating an Atlante team that came out flat and with no indication that they were playing for a championship.
It wasn't until the 78th minute that the “coup de grace” was delivered by FC Juarez. And who other to deliver it than Bravos leading scorer Leandro Carrijo. Carrijo received a ball inside the Atlante goal box just on the right side, even with the penalty kick spot with his back to the goal. Carrijo faked right, then turn left quickly and took a right footed strike that found that back of net.
So appropriate for Carrijo to score the final goal of the 2015 Apertura season for Bravos.
After the game, an elated head coach for FC Juarez, Sergio Ornuna commented, “I'm super happy, especially for all of the people, this fan base who has always supported the teams that have existed over the years and I'm so happy to be able to have worked with a group of people, an organization, that has given these people, who have always been there and supported us, a championship to celebrate.”
As for the team's performance in the championship match, Orduna said, “I thought our team was intelligent, we had the good fortune to score quickly to relieve any nerves or pressure of being down 1-0 in the aggregate score. After that first goal, things changed quickly in our favor for the rest of the match.”
In conclusion, Orduna was clear, “The entire team and myself knew that whatever happened we couldn't let our fans down.”