Third Win for Tigres Women: 2-0!
CRUZ AZUL HIDALGO, August 22nd– Tigres Women remain unbeaten after their third win in the Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2019 tournament, having defeated the Cruz Azul Máquina Celeste. This keeps them in the Playoffs qualification zone.
The result, with goals by Jaqueline Ovalle and Belén Cruz, means our team has three wins and three draws, and are ready for the local Derby against Rayadas this coming Monday.
The game got off to a fierce start, with our payers confident that they would be able to control the ball, to the extent that, with just five minutes on the clock, Katty Martínez came close with a header in the box, but the defense intervened.
Then, at 16’, in a swift counterattack, Belén Cruz generated an opportunity in the box and, just as she was about to finish, a defender toe poked the ball over the byline.
Tigres Women maintained their intense pace, so, at 25’, Greta Espinoza had a chance following a corner, but the ball went wide to the right.
Later, at minute 28, Liliana Mercado attempted a mid-range shot that went over the bar, clearly showing that Roberto Medina’s players were putting the pressure on their opponent.
This approach was reflected at 35’, when Mercado, in a free kick, sent a short pass to Jaqueline Ovalle, who fired off a shot into the upper right corner, bringing the score to 1-0 and easing the anxiety on the pitch.
From then on, Tigres Women would create one opportunity after another, and, at minute 40, Ovalle crossed from the left to Katty Martínez, whose somewhat unsteady header was too high.
Then, at 44’, Belén Cruz had a good look at the second, but took too long to shoot in the box, allowing the goalkeeper to deny her the chance. And, a minute later, Greta Espinoza attempted a left-footed shot face-to-face with the keeper, but the ball went over the net.
Our side continued with the same strategy after the break, seeking possession and attacking the opponent’s net, while Cruz Azul tried to react with a shot that went wide to the left at minute 48.
However, at 56’, Katty Martínez reacted with a weak header inside the six-yard box that went straight into the keeper’s hands.
Tigres Women regained possession and began to rotate the ball, allowing Ovalle, at minute 72, to break away along the left and cross to Belén Cruz, who anticipated the play and pushed the ball in, making it 2-0 and putting our team on the path to victory.
Our side continued to dominate the match and attack, and, at 76’, Carolina Jaramillo, who had just come onto the field of play, sent a long pass looking for Ovalle, but the ball slipped away from her, putting an end to this opportunity.
Belén Cruz came close again at 85’, but her shot missed to the right. Soon after, Liliana Mercado had a chance, but the ball was wide yet again.
Cruz Azul tried to come back with a header into the goal, but the referee signaled offside beforehand.
CRUZ AZUL WOMEN: 1 Gabriela Herrera; 4 Jessica Tenorio, 5 María Sainz, 6 Itzel Cruz, 7 Brenda León, 10 Martha Enciso (16 Fatima Alonso 64’), 11 Wendy Jiménez (15 Scarlet Andonaegui 85’), 13 Daniela Monroy, 17 Brenda García, 19 Paola González and 24 Alejandra Curiel (21 Abigail de Jesús 36’).
MGR.: ROGELIO MARTÍNEZ
TIGRES: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 10 Katty Martínez (5 María Fernanda Elizondo 80’), 13 Karen Luna, 14 Lizbeth Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz, 22 Selene Cortes (26 Vanessa Flores 67’) and 27 Perla Navarrete (Carolina Jaramillo 64’).
MGR.: ROBERTO MEDINA
0-1 (35’) Jaqueline Ovalle puts a free kick into the upper right corner of the net.
0-2 (72’) Cross from the left by Jaqueline Ovalle that Belén Cruz pushes in to score.
CRUZ AZUL: Fatima Alonso (75’) and Jessica Tenorio (84’)
TIGRES: Selene Cortes (62’)
REFEREE: Lizzet García
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Jessica Morales
ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Rafael León
FOURTH OFFICIAL: David Gutiérrez