Tigres Women Make Do With a Draw: 0-0!

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, August 5.- Tigres Women continually had the initiative and options, but were unable to break through the UNAM Pumas defensive block and ended the fourth matchday of the Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2019 in a goalless draw.

                With this result, our team reaches five points, to remain inside the Playoff qualification zone, though in eighth place.

                Miah Zuazua made her début today, as a substitute, almost at the end of the game, and came very close to glory when she nearly scored in injury time, but her shot was blocked by the defense.


                FIRST HALF

                Although four of our top scorers were absent from the game, Tigres Women were in control of the initiative for the first 45 minutes, enjoying possession and short passes.

                The opponent did everything possible to ward off any attempts by manager Roberto Medina’s players, such as at minute two, when Carolina Jaramillo broke away and crossed towards Fernanda Elizondo, but the defense intervened.

                The same play was repeated at the eighth minute, but this time by Selene Cortez, who broke away along her left, crossed, but keeper Melany Villeda froze this opportunity.

                Then, at 18’, Carolina Jaramillo took a direct free kick, looking for the upper left corner, but the ball went wide of the post.

                Pumas, who were having difficulty controlling the ball, tried to react at 24’, when a defensive error gave Daniela García a chance, but her shot was blocked by Ofelia Solís with a fine save.

                Tigres continued with their attacking strategy and, at 33’, achieved their best goal opportunity, when Jaramillo crossed inside the box to Belén Cruz, who sent a short pass to Natalia Gómez Junco, and the attempt left the keeper without a chance, but Gabriela Álvarez denied Tigres their goal on the line.

                Pumas reacted at 35’, with a header from inside the box by Daniela García that missed to the right.



In the second half, Tigres came out determined to increase the pressure, which was reflected at minute 48, when a long-range shot only just went over the visitors’ crossbar.

Afterwards, at 50’, Gómez Junco sent a long pass into the box looking for Karen Luna, but the goalkeeper grabbed the ball. Tigres Women were beginning to put the pressure on their opponent’s goal. 

Gómez Junco generated yet another opportunity, 54’, seeking to take the keeper by surprise with a long-range shot, but the ball went over the bar.

Tigres began with their substitutions, since at 67’ Evelyn González replaced Carolina Jaramillo, and barely a minute later got a good look at goal with a header that the keeper pushed away on the line into the post.

A few minutes later, at 74, Belén Cruz broke into the box in an individual play, but the keeper blocked the shot with her chest. The opponent was saved from conceding the first goal of the match.

Belén Cruz yet again broke into the box from the left, cut back diagonally, but the defense blocked the opportunity at the 84th minute.

In stoppage time, Belén Cruz broke away down the left flank, defeated her mark, but was knocked down outside the box just when it looked as though she would generate an opportunity.

Barely seconds later, Miah Zuazua, making her début, as a substitute, came close to scoring in the box, but took too long and the defense intercepted her shot.



TIGRES: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 5 María Fernanda Elizondo (30 Miah Zuazua 83’), 8 Carolina Jaramillo (9 Evelyn González 67’), 13 Karen Luna, 15 Cristina Ferral, 16 Sonia Vázquez, 18 Belén Cruz, 21 Natalia Gómez Junco (19 Blanca Solís 63’), 22 Selene Cortés and 26 Vanessa Flores.

                MGR.: ROBERTO MEDINA

UNAM: 12 Melany Villeda, 2 Dirce Delgado, 4 Deneva Cagigas, 10 Daniela García, 13 Paola Chavero, 14 Bibiana Quintos, 17 Diana Gómez, 18 Liliana Rodríguez (7 Hilary García 54’), 19 Edna Santamaría, 20 Jaqueline García and 29 Gabriela Álvarez (26 Alexandra Martínez 69’).

                MGR.: ILEANA DÁVILA






TIGRES: Belén Cruz (65’)

UNAM: Daniela García (39’), Bibiana Quintos (91’)


                RED CARDS



                REFEREE: Diana Pérez

                ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 1: Betsua Cortez

                ASSISTANT REFEREE No. 2: Alma Martínez

                FOURTH OFFICIAL: Julián Duarte