Johan Venegas points to the sky after scoring in Alajuelense's 3-1 win over visiting Santos de Guapiles in a Costa Rican Verano game on February 8, 2014, at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank in Alajuela. (Photo courtesy of Alajuelense)
Universidad de San Carlos won again to stay at the peak in Guatemala, while Real Sociedad and Olimpia picked up three more points in Honduras. CONCACAF.com recaps all the action from across the Central American region.
Universidad de San Carlos (13 points) extended its winning streak to four consecutive games and remained in first place after topping host Halcones, 2-0. Goals by Julian Priego (19’) and Jose Monterroso (75’) proved to be decisive.
Carlos Geovanny Morales scored in the 51st minute to give host Coatepeque (7 points) a 1-0 win over champion Comunicaciones (10 points). With the loss, the Cremas fell into a tie for second place with Mictlan, a 2-1 winner over Xelaju.
Other matches: Marquense 2-1 Iztapa, Municipal 1-0 Suchitpequez, Malacateco 1-0 Heredia
Real Sociedad (16 points) and Olimpia (15 points) continued to set the pace with impressive seventh-round victories. The Realeza remained in first place on the strength of a Rony Martinez (38’, 47’, 50’) hat-trick in a 4-2 road win over Parrillas Uno. The 26-year-old forward now has a league-best eight goals.
Olimpia is still the only unbeaten team in the Clausura after a 4-0 win at Marathon. Honduras international Roger Rojas scored twice in the triumph, giving him five for the season.
Other matches: Vida 3-1 Deportes Savio, Platense 0-0 Victoria, Motagua 1-1 Real España
After six rounds, the Verano table continues to be tight as three points separate the top four teams. First-place Herediano was shutout for the second time in three games with a 0-0 draw at Cartagines (11 points), which is now in a tie for third-place with Saprissa. The Purple Monster won its second straight match, topping visiting Puntarenas in Sunday, 2-1.
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense (12 points) defeated Santos de Guapiles, 3-1. The Manudos have followed a loss with a win over their last four outings.
Other matches: UCR 0-1 Limon, Pérez Zeledon 1-1 Uruguay
Four teams with 13 points. That is the situation at the top of the table following another exciting round. In the result of the weekend, Lester Jarquin’s penalty kick gave Juventus Managua (13 points) a 1-0 win over previously undefeated Walter Ferreti (13 points). Defending champion Real Esteli (13 points) played host Diriangen (12 points) to a scoreless draw.
Erick Sierra scored two goals as Managua (13 points) outscored Chinandega, 5-2. Managua had scored only once in its previous three outings.
Other matches: Deportivo Ocotal 1-2 Real Madriz, San Marcos 2-2 Jalapa
FAS (12 points) has secured maximum points from its first four Clausura games after a 2-1 victory over Santa Tecla (3 points) on Saturday. Alexander Larin (22’) and Jonathan Aguila (46’) scored in a winning effort.
Second-place Isidro Metapan (10 points) is the only other unbeaten side, defeating Alianza (6 points), 3-0. All the goals came during a seven-minute stretch in the first half as Milton Molina (12’), Andres Flores (15’) and Diego Peraza (19’) netted once each.
Other matches: Dragon 0-2 Atletico Marte, Juventud Independiente 2-0 UES, Luis Angel Firpo 2-1 Aguila
After a combination of beneficial results, Alianza (10 points) moved back into first place. The Pericos posted an important 1-0 win at Rio Abajo (6 points) on Saturday and, one day later, watched as CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Árabe Unido (9 points) fell out of first place after a scoreless draw with Tauro (6 points). Arabe’s two-game winning streak was snapped, but Tauro is now unbeaten in four straight, including three draws.
In a tightly contested weekend, none of the matches in Panama produced more than one goal.
Other matches: Independiente 0-1 San Francisco, Chepo 0-1 Sporting San Miguelito, Chorrillo 0-0 Plaza Amador