A Win Keeps Tigres at the Top

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, NL\ MARCH 4, 2019.- Tigres Women managed to earn three points this evening on their own field and hold onto the overall leadership and the top spot in Group 2 after matchday 11 of the Women’s Liga MX.

At first, it looked as though the players’ mobility and dynamism would be affected the temperature of 4 degrees centigrade, with a wind-chill of 2.

Nevertheless, once they had adapted to the conditions, the felines began to settle into their usual game, endeavoring to reach the opponent’s goal, which wasn’t easy against such a solid defense.

Attempts and plays by Nancy Antonio, Liliana Mercado together with attacks along the flanks comprised the attacking anthology orchestrated by Ramón Villa Zevallos’ team, with Belén Cruz as the striker, in Katty Martínez’s absence owing to her participation in the Cyprus Cup with the Mexico National Team.

It was the Acapulco native who, at minute 21, managed to break through León’s defensive wall and score the first goal with a left-footed shot, taking advantage of a rebound inside the opponent’s area. The shot slipped past goalkeeper Elizabeth Herrera.

After “Pollo’s” goal, Tigres Women continued to create opportunities, although none of them increased the number on the scoreboard, which remained unchanged as the whistle marked the end of the first half.

After the break, Villa Zevallos returned with the same formation, which didn’t help to reach the objective of growing the score, even though there were several good attempts by Jaquelin García along the left flank, such as at minute 57, when Belén Cruz was unable to finish her cross, but did rouse the 2,893 fans in the stands.

Sixteen minutes later, the first substitution resulted in Liliana Rodríguez’s début wearing the yellow and blue shirt, having replaced center-forward Jazmín Enrigue. Rodríguez immediately took advantage of this opportunity and just eight minutes after coming on, scored a superb goal off a direct free kick into the upper right corner of the net that Herrera had no chance of saving.

Another foul outside the box allowed Rodríguez to take another free kick and score her second for Tigres, this time with a low shot.

León’s efforts at withstanding Tigres Women’s attacks were rewarded with a goal at minute 93, in a left-footed shot from outside the box that took Ofelia Solis by surprise.

In the end, Tigres celebrated a home win and a 23-point total, as well as the highest number of goals in the tournament, the best goal difference and having Katty Martínez as the season’s top scorer with five goals in all. Now, Tigres Women will be playing away against Atlas Women next Saturday at 11:00 hours.

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN:

20 Ofelia Solís

3 Jazmín Enrigue (73’ 27 Liliana Rodríguez)

4 Greta Espinoza

22 Selene Cortés

17 Natalia Villarreal (83’ 13 Karen Luna)

15 Cristina Ferral

7 Liliana Mercado

6 Nancy Antonio (86’ 16 Sonia Vázquez)

21 Jaquelín García,

9 Evelyn García

18 Belén Cruz

 

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

 

LEÓN WOMEN

1 Gabriela Herrera

2 Claudia Anguiano

4 Selene Valera

5 Jeniffer Salazar

8 Michelle González

22 Karla Zempoalteca

6 Joselyn de la Rosa (86’ 21 Paulina Gómez)

10 Diana García

11 Yamile Franco

20 Perla Navarrete (64’ 25 Dariana Rubio)

24 Denisse Valdéz

MGR.: EVERALDO BEGINES

 

GOALS

1-0  (21’) Left-footed shot by Belén Cruz after several rebounds in the box.

2-0   (81’) Liliana Rodríguez left-footed direct free kick into the upper right corner.

3-0 (87’) Liliana Rodríguez’s low free kick puts the ball out of goalkeeper Herrera’s reach.

3-1 (92’) Yamile Franco shoots from outside the penalty arc and lobs the ball in over Ofelia Solís.

 

YELLOW CARDS

TIGRES WOMEN: NONE

LEÓN WOMEN: NONE

RED CARDS:  NONE

 

REFEREE: Diana Stephanía Pérez Borja

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Rafael García López

ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Luis Osvaldo Ibarra Aguilar

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Mario Alberto Loredo Bocardo