25 de June del 2019 5:15 pm.
Santos Laguna played its first preseason preparation match ahead of the 2019 Apertura, defeating Costa Rican side C.S. Cartaginés 6-1 on Monday morning in Cancún.
Newest attacking additions Eryc Castillo and Octavio Rivero contributed to two of Santos' goals, while 17 homegrown players were included in the rotation of players over four periods of 30 minutes. Players Jonathan Orozco, Diego Valdés and Ayrton Preciado did not see action due to their respective national team responsibilities.
Los Guerreros came back from an early one-goal deficit to win 2-1 after the first two games, working with a squad including Carlos Acevedo, Emilio Orrantia, Hugo Rodríguez, Matheus Dória, Gerardo Arteaga, Fernando Gorriarán, Ulises Rivas, Brayan Garnica, Brian Lozano, Eryc Castillo, and Julio Furch.
Castillo set up the first goal for Brian Lozano, who nabbed his second and the eventual winner off a direct free kick before the final whistle.
Almada deployed a different starting lineup for the third period, which included five players from the club’s youth system - Alan Maeda, Daniel Hernández, Edgar Games, Diego Medina, Adrián Lozano made up half the squad complementing team captain Jose Javier Abella, goalkeeper Joe Garcia, David Andrade, Jose Juan Vazquez, Octavio Rivero, and Eduardo Aguirre.
Uruguayan forward Rivero scored Santos’ third goal, and U20 Mexico international Adrian Lozano netted off an assist from Aguirre to make it 4-1 in favor of Los Guerreros.
Seven changes were made in the final 30 minutes, with Almada sending youngsters Héctor Holguín, Oscar Bernal, and Jonathan Diaz in for García, Hernández, and Andrade. Offensively, Edson Martínez, Jordan Carrillo, and Diego de Buen came in for Games, Medina and Rivero. Camil Brena replaced Adrian Lozano for the final change.
De Buen extended the lead halfway through the game to 5-1, and Aguirre finished things off to seal the 6-1 victory.
Los Guerreros will play one more preparation match in Cancún against Venados FC this Friday, June 28, before returning to Torreón for three days. On July 3, the group will travel to the United States to face Rayados and Toluca in McAllen and Austin, Texas, and will close their series of preseason preparation games in Torreón on July 13 against Atlas FC.