The Xolos came out attacking as they looked for that elusive first win in front of their home fans. The pressure paid off in the 22nd minute, when Gustavo Bou made it 1-0 on the half-volley following some good combination play with Luis Chávez and Víctor Malcorra.
That goal – just Tijuana’s second of the season – inspired the hosts, who continued to look dangerous up top. In the 36th minute, the Xolos made it 2-0. Malcorra played a give-and-go in midfield and then drove towards the box, getting past the defense and sending a left-footed shot into the upper corner to add to Tijuana’s lead.
In the second half, Tijuana ceded possession to Santos as they looked to sit back and defend their lead. The visitors searched for a way back into the game and in the 57th minute they came within inches of reducing the deficit when Osvaldo Martínez hit the crossbar.
The Guerreros continued to press, but they were ultimately unable to do much to trouble Gibrán Lajud’s goal as Tijuana kept a clean sheet for the first time this season.
With the 2-0 win, Tijuana reaches four points while Santos still has three.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Alejandro Donatti, Damián Pérez (Juan Carlos Núñez 76′), Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Matías Aguirregaray, Emanuel Aguilera, Damián Musto, Víctor Malcorra, Luis Chávez (Enzo Kalinski 86′), Luis Mendoza (Henry Martín 64′), Gustavo Bou.
Santos: Jonathan Orozco, Jorge Sánchez, Jorge Villafaña, Jorge Enríquez, Néstor Araujo, Ulises Rivas (Walter Gael Sandoval 54′), Osvaldo Martínez (Emiliano Armenteros 65′), Diego de Buen, Brian Lozano (Jonathan Rodríguez 61′), Djaniny Tavares, Julio César Furch.