TIGRES WOMEN LOSE TO ATLAS
GUADALAJARA, JAL\ MARCH 9, 2019.- The UANL felines gave up three points this morning on Match Day 12, after losing 2-1 in the Pistache Torres Stadium to Atlas Women.
The fixture, on an opponent’s pitch where Tigres had never lost, began intensely for both sides, with both teams endeavoring to control the ball and the opportunities to score first.
Ramón Villa Zevallos’ defensive work was impeccable, even with a few sparks of genius, such as when Jazmín Enrigue, at minute 10, sprinted to intercept an attack by Atlas.
At minute 14, Tigres were able to dream of opening the scoring with an attempt by Jaquelín Garcia who, in an individual play, fired off a powerful shot that slipped past several opponents before going wide of the post. Barely a minute later, Belén Cruz gave a hint of her talent by controlling the ball by means of a fantastic play with her right heel.
The match soon became even tighter in the midfield and it looked as though the teams would go to the dressing rooms with the score at nil-nil, until Ofelia Solís, after an extraordinary blocking/clearing play against Alison González’s attack, in the very next attempt with a typical Alison-style play, gave away a penalty, which was converted by Fabiola Ibarra.
Two minutes later, the hosts scored their second goal following a rebound in the box that former Tigre, González, put inside the net. Tigres Women ended the first half two goals down, but fully determined to turn the numbers around.
Tigres Women then came out with the bit between their teeth, proposing a livelier attack after Karen Luna replaced Evelyn González and then Fernanda Elizondo and Liliana Rodríguez took over for Liliana Mercado and Jazmín Enrigue, respectively.
The team seemed to be under pressure, missing passes and failing to finish any good opportunities at goal, such as when Fer Elizondo’s header found the woodwork instead of Ana Gaby Paz’s net.
Tigres began to lessen the pressure through shots, short and mid-range passes, connected plays, until Liliana Rodríguez received a ball cleared by Paz and fired a shot with her instep into the left corner that shook the net.
With their spirits lifted, Tigres Women carried on trying to come back, but Atlas Women also tried to increase the goal difference. Both sides did their best to attack to the very end, but ultimately the Guadalajara players kept the three points for themselves.
Tigres Women still have 23 points and are now preparing to host Santos on March 18th and keep on track toward their longed-for second title.
ATLAS: 1 Ana Paz, 2 Karla García, 3 María Pérez, 4 María Martínez, 5 Alejandra Franco, 22 Fátima Delgado, 10 Ana Rodríguez (9 Adriana Iturbide 78’), 26 Zellyka Arce, 11 Fabiola Ibarra, 28 Ana García (7 Joana Robles 66’), 30 Alison González (15 Mayra Santana 83’).