The eighth matchday of the women’s league in Spain consisted of four games, as the schedule is becoming increasingly ragged due to the participation of some clubs in the Champions League.
In a matchup between two of the top teams in the league, Mataro defeated Mediterrani perhaps more easily than expected. The seven goals scored by Silvia Avegno and Simone Van de Kraats proved decisive, as both teams will travel to Hungary next week for the second leg of the Champions League Qualifying Round.
The 25-year-old Marina Cordobes accounted for five goals in Sant Andreu’s 17-8 victory over Rubi, which propelled them to third place in the league.
Barceloneta secured an important four-goal victory over Sant Feliu (14-10) at the bottom of the table, while Boadilla of Madrid defeated Zaragoza of Aragon, 7-5, in a match between the two relegation candidates.
In previous contests, Sabadell and Terrassa proved superior to Echeyde and Catalunya, respectively.
CN Mataro 13 – 6 CE Mediterrani (3-1, 4-2, 2-2, 4-1)
Mataro: E. Sanchez, S. Morell, S. Van de Kraats 3, A. Gual 1, V. Sevenich 1, R. Keszthelyi 2, C. Cambray 1, C. Nogue, S. Avegno 4, Q. Bertran, A. Espar 1, M. Claveria, E. Herrera
Mediterrani: I. Costa, A. Munoz 1, A. Crevier, A. Marcos, V. Bakoc, C. Rodriguez 2, C. Espar, D. Moreno 2, M. Viladot, H. Dalmases, P. Crespi, S. Lizotte 1, G. Palm
In the first match of the day, Mediterrani was soundly defeated by Mataro, with Dani Ballart’s team winning 13-6.
Mataro’s dangerous wingers, Simone Van de Kraats and Silvia Avegno, scored twice in the first half to give the hosts a narrow lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, additional strikes from Van de Kraats and Avegno cancelled out goals scored by Medi’s captain, Sarah Lizotte, and Clara Rodriguez (9-5).
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Avegno’s penalty brought her total to four and her team’s tally to double digits (10-5), putting the outcome beyond doubt. Two former UVSE players, Rita Keszthelyi and Vivian Sevenich, scored late goals to increase Maresme’s goal differential.
This is a good result for Mataro, which will serve as decent preparation for their trip to Eger for the next round of the Champions League, where they will face fellow Spaniards Sabadell, FTC, and the hosts, Eger.
This is the third consecutive league loss for Mediterrani, albeit against formidable opponents. Their midweek loss to Sant Andreu 10-9 was especially devastating. On the 10th of December, their final game of the calendar year will be against another out-of-form team, Terrassa; a loss in that contest could cast doubt on their top-four hopes.
Next week, Marian Diaz’s side will also travel to Hungary to take on UVSE and the two Greek clubs, Glyfada and Ethnikos.
CD Boadilla 7 – 5 ESC Zaragoza (1-1, 1-2, 1-1, 4-1)
Boadilla: C. Palacios, R. Bertran, L. Alvarez 2, J. Rovira, L. Campus, M. Peragon 2, E. Castellanos, M. De Quinta 2, E. Prieto 1, L. Kocsis, A. Gonzalez Garcia, A. Wu, P. Moreno
Zaragoza:I. Moreno, A. Escolano 1, M. Herrera, I. Bertran, A. Sarinena, N. Morte, N. Manero 1, N. Lamperez, R. Fernandez, S. Burgos, I. Grima, J. Tazueco 3, S. Bertran
Boadilla have secured three enormous points against relegation-rivals, ESC Zaragoza, with a 7-5 victory at Madrid’s M-86 swimming centre.
Braces from Lidia Alvarez, Margarita Peragon, and Marta De Quinta guided the side from East-Madrid to victory, but it was the fourth quarter that was the most important.
Zaragoza led 4-3 in the fourth, but an equalising score from Lidia Roca, before Margarita Pergaon and Esther Prieto gave Maria Del Mar Rodriguez’s side a two goal buffer that they never conceded.
The importance of this fixture for both clubs cannot be overstated. Neither side had won a single game coming into this match, and both sides looked a way off the pace of their closest rivals in the division, CNAB and Sant Feliu.
CN Atletic-Barceloneta 14 – 10 CN Sant Feliu (3-1, 3-2, 4-5, 4-2)
CNAB: A. Colomina, P, Rodriguez, N. Martin 4, C. Buscarons 4, N. Josifovic 1, J. Cereijo 2, U. Del Sol Agusti, N. Mandic, I. Piralkova 2, R. Tarrago 1, S. Garcia, M. Madre, B. Colominas
Sant Feliu: N. Trojan, J. Soler, M. Bargallo, A. Temprano, B. Ghost 3, L. Herrera 1, M. Gomez, M. Manchego 2, N. Vidondo, J. Panicello 4, L. Hidalgo, J. Figueroa, P. Carilla
Barceloneta maintained their recent good form by defeating their rivals in the championship, Sant Feliu, by a score of 14-10.
Marc Comas’s team was spearheaded by great goal-scoring performances by Nerea Martin and Carla Buscarons, who both converted four goals each.
Feliu never gave up during the match, but they failed to capitalise on the opportunities they created, especially in extra-player situations.
Despite the fact that Barceloneta won today’s match, both teams are aware that they have a good chance in their upcoming contests. After playing Sant Andreu on the 7th December, a game in which they have little chance of winning, Barceloneta will travel to Rubi, who sit just below them in the league standings. Feliu will host Boadilla, a game they should expect to take something from.
Sant Andreu 17 – 8 CN Rubi (7-2, 2-2, 4-0, 4-2)
Andreu: A. Lorca, H. Ballesty 1, N. Perez 2, Q. Boixadera, G. La Farre Colominas 2, H. Shabb 2, M. Cardobes 5, E. Lemay-Lavoie, I. Martinez, T. Prentice 2, M. Palacio 1, A. Ruiz 2, M. Terre
Rubi: E. Jimenez, A. Roldan, C. Penalver 2, C. Abellan, M. Ungria, A. Rodriguez, L. Rion, C. Moreno, R. Prieto 1, R. Prieto 1, J. Prados, E. Vesperinas 1, A. Trivino 4, M. Sampaio
Sant Andreu are up to third in the league after comprehensively defeating Rubi 17-8.
Former Sabadell striker Marina Cordobes led all scorers with five goals, but Noelia Perez, Hannah Shabb, and Tara Prentice also had strong outings.
After a week in which they defeated Mediterrani, Javi Fernandez’s squad is currently looking like the real deal. If they keep up the performance they’ve shown so far this season, they’ll almost certainly finish in the top four.
Andreu fans will also be encouraged to see three players, Maria Palacio, Ariadna Ruiz and Martina Terre, all received a call-up to Miki Oca’s national team for their exhibition games against the United States.
Astralpool Sabadell 13 – 4 CN Catalunya (4-0, 4-2, 1-1, 4-1)
Sabadell: L. Ester, M. Ortiz, P. Leiton 2, A. Prados, M. Serrano, I. Casado 2, E. Ruiz 5, M. Garcia, M. Bonet 1, B. Ortiz 2, N. Perez 1, L. Lopez, M. Carrasco
Catalunya: M. Terre, C. Ball, C. Diaz 1, O. Tarrino 1, G. Bellido, B. Pascual 1, J. Frigola, M. Martinez, C. Leonard, S. Diaz, M. Van Rijn 1, G. Cavero, H. Perez
CN Terrassa 15 – 4 Tenerife Echeyde (4-1, 3-0, 2-2, 6-1)
Terrassa: S. Domene, M. Martinez 1, K. Paul, N. Morillo, C. Cantero 1, D. Quinzada 2, N. Ten Broek 1, P. Pena 2, D. Menakerman, P. Camus 4, M. Martinez, F. Bosveld 4, E. Monllor
Echeyde: J. Gaudreault, M. Sagrera 2, C. Rios, B. McDowell, E. Garcia, J. Martinez, E. Pirat, J. Alvarez, M. Ramos, E. Alcon, E. Nicholson 2, A. Sanchez, F. Perez Paez
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