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Under 20 team secures first place finish, leads league in offense

20 de Noviembre del 2016 9:13 pm.

With their 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon at Toluca, Los Guerreros finished the 2016 Apertura in first place, leading the league in goals scored with 33. Torreón-native Ronaldo Cisneros was named leading goal scorer for the second time this year with 10 goals in 10 games all tournament, after receiving the same accolade with Mexico U20 earlier this year. He was also recognized as leading scorer in the U17 category in the 2015 Clausura.

Santos found themselves down a goal just after the 30 minute mark on Sunday afternoon but Cisneros scored the tying goal in the 41st minute to rescue a point, placing los Guerreros a point above Morelia in the table, good for a first place finish.

Los Guerreros finished the tournament with 10 wins, four draws, and only three losses, having recently snapped a 12 game undefeated streak with a loss to Chivas.

Head Coach Gonzalo Cigliuti will lead his U20 team in his third consecutive liguilla, having won the title in the 2015 Apertura against Tijuana at Estadio Caliente. Several players from this tournament's team were a part of that group, and several who won the U17 title that same tournament now make up almost half of this current team gunning for another title.

Because the team with better table position receives the away-leg advantage, Los Guerreros will travel to Guadalajara (eighth place finish) to play Chivas in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Thursday, November 24, and will return to host the second leg in Torreon on Sunday, November 27.

Five players from this U20 squad - Cisneros, Eduardo Aguirre, Uriel Antuna, Kevin Lara, and Jorge Sanchez - will face teammates from Mexico's under 20  team in this duel, including Kevin Magaña and Diego Cortes Padilla. Padilla was a U17 World Cup quarterfinalist in 2015 with Aguirre and Lara, and won Goal of the Tournament for a goal scored against Nigeria. Three Santos players from Mexico's under 18 team are also present under Cigliuti: Adrian Lozano, Roy Ureña, and Mexican-African forward Joao Maleck.