Tigres Women Qualify to the Semifinals

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, April 29.- Tigres Women qualified to the precursor of the Women’s Liga MX final, defeating Puebla 2-0 in the second leg of the Quarterfinals, with an aggregate of 4-1.

Greta Espinoza and an own goal by Diana Anguiano, both in the second half, put our side in the Semifinal, where they will face América, the team that deprived them of their title in the previous tournament’s final.

 

FIRST HALF

Barely a minute into the match, our side attacked in the opponent’s box, although the defense cleared the ball away from any threat.

Then, at the eight-minute mark, Katty Martínez received in the center of the box, toe poking the ball into the hands of keeper Karla Morales, who just stretched to the left.

Even though Tigres was dominating in possession, recovery and overlapping, at minute 20 Mariela Jiménez broke away down the middle, ahead of her mark, penetrated the box, but was intercepted by our goalkeeper, Ofelia Solís.

However, a minute later Tigres Women reacted, following a corner, with a header by Nancy Antonio in the box that crashed into the crossbar.

At 27’, our ladies had a golden chance at goal when Selene Cortés recovered and cut back to Katty Martínez, who sent a short pass to a marked Blanca Solís so she could break in to finish, but the keeper intervened to freeze her attempt.

Tigres dominated in possession and, at 43’, put the keeper to the test again, forcing her to leap to the right to block our side’s goal opportunity.

 

SECOND HALF

In the second half, the tone of the match continued much the same as in the first. Tigres Women pressed forward into the opponent’s penalty area, against Puebla who were defending with everything they had while waiting for a mistake by their hosts to attack

Mariela Jiménez put Tigres Women’s defense in a predicament when she rushed forward along the right and crossed to shoot, with Ofelia Solís only barely managing to send the ball out for a corner. Our side was safe.

Tigres reacted at 61’, when Lizbeth Ovalle controlled a long pass inside the penalty area, but the goalkeeper easily blocked the shot.

Mariela Jiménez yet again put our players on the spot, when in a rapid attack she defeated her mark but clashed at 64’ with goalkeeper Ofelia Solís to miss this opportunity.

And 45 seconds later, Liliana Mercado came close, but was intercepted by defender Guillermina Martínez before she could finish. Straight afterwards, Greta Espinoza refused to give up on an impossible-looking ball and, with a right-footed shot, put it in the net inside the right post. The score was now at 1-0 (3-1 aggregate).

Blanca Solís hoped to surprise Puebla’s keeper at the 80th minute with a high shot that just went out for a corner. In the very next play, Diana Anguiano tried to clear, but ended up putting the ball in her own net, making it 2-0 (4-1 aggregate).

 

LINEUPS

TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 10 Katty Martínez, 13 Karen Luna (17 Natalia Villarreal 86’), 14 Jaqueline Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz (8 Carolina Jaramillo 73’), 19 Blanca Solís (9 Evelyn González 86’) and 22 Selene Cortés.

MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEVALLOS

PUEBLA: 12 Karla Morales; 3 Guillermina Martínez (11 Emily González 78’), 5 María Sainz (9 Karla Saavedra 67’), 6 Jessica Tenorio, 10 Miriam Castro, 15 Diana Anguiano, 17 Mariela Jiménez, 18 María López, 20 Mirelle Arciniega (8 María Flores 86’), 22 Damaris Godinez and 24 Ivonne Najar.

MGR.: JORGE GÓMEZ

 

GOALS

1-0 (66’) Header by Blanca Solís in the box finds Greta Espinoza, who scores from a difficult angle and close to the right post.

2-0 (81’) Corner kick taken by Lizbeth Ovalle into the goal area, where Diana Anguiano pushes it into her own net.

 

YELLOW CARDS

None

 

RED CARDS

None

 

Referee: Luis García

Assistant referee No. 1: Yudilia Briones

Assistant referee No. 2: Gerardo Hernández

Fourth official: Diana Pérez