Tigres Women Stun in the Semifinal: 2-0!
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, May 2.- Tigres Women landed a decisive victory in the first leg of the Women’s Liga MX Semifinal, defeating América 2-0. They will be hoping to secure a spot in the Final on Sunday in the Azteca Stadium.
A brace by Katty Martínez, one in each half, gave our side the advantage for the next leg in the Azteca Stadium as they look for a spot in the Final
From the very first moment, it was obvious that our team would be seeking to gain an advantage. In fact, their offensive pressure was so great that by the second minute a visiting player had already been shown a yellow card.
At 5’, Lizbeth Ovalle broke away along the left looking for someone who could finish, but América’s defense put the ball out of harm’s way.
América reacted in the seventh minute with an attempt at goal by Estefanía Fuentes that was blocked by our keeper, Ofelia Solís.
Our players enjoyed ball possession and overlapping, which was reflected at 14’ when Blanca Solís created an opportunity, but her shot was too weak and allowed the keeper to recover the ball.
Tigres Women insisted a minute later, when Katty Martínez turned to shoot, but the ball went high.
Minutes went by and, at 24’, Liliana Mercado’s chip pass inside the box defeated the goalkeeper, but she was unable to control and the defense intervened.
The first goal couldn’t be too far away, with Tigres putting the pressure on América’s net while continuing to enjoy greater possession.
It wasn’t until the 34th minute that Lizbeth Ovalle appeared again, surging past four opponents and crossing into the center of the box, where an unmarked Katty Martínez finished.
The 1-0 lead gave our side greater confidence to control the game and look for the second to put them more comfortably ahead.
At 40’, Ramón Villa Zeballos’ players came very close to the second, when, capitalizing on a defensive error, Katty Martínez recovered and made her way unmarked into the penalty area, but her shot missed to the right and rolled over the end line.
Two minutes later, Belén Cruz advanced on her own along the right, shaking off two opponents to fire off a left-footed shot that went just outside the right post.
The pace of the match continued much the same after the break, with Tigres putting the pressure on up front and América defending as well as possible.
Our players attacked along the left, where Lizbeth Ovalle put on a fine performance in an individual play, passing to Liliana Mercado, who cut back to Katty Martínez, but the latter’s shot went over the crossbar.
At minute 53, Liliana Mercado attacked on the right and shot into the middle of the goal, where América’s keeper one-handedly cleared the ball away from danger.
Tigres made their power crystal clear at minute 60, when Liliana Mercado escaped down the middle and passed to the right, where Katty Martínez defeated the goalkeeper to bring the score to 2-0.
Blanca Solís came close to the third in the 82nd minute, when she received inside the box, controlled, but her shot went over the crossbar. Two minutes later, Belén Cruz’s header missed to the left.
Our side had a good opportunity at 87’, taking advantage of a scramble for the ball inside the box, but in the end the keeper intervened.
In stoppage time, Blanca Solís broke away down the right, penetrated the box, but her angled shot was blocked by the keeper.
TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 10 Katty Martínez (8 Cristina Jaramillo 72’), 13 Karen Luna, 14 Jaqueline Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz, 19 Blanca Solís (16 Sonia Vázquez 92’) and 22 Selene Cortes (9 Evelyn González 82’).
MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS
AMÉRICA: 1 Aurora Santiago; 3 Marylin Díaz, 5 Ximena Ríos, 7 Dayana Cazares, 8 Esmeralda Verdugo, 9 Lucero Cuevas, 10 Daniela Espinoza (28 Vannya García 58’), 11 Dorian Hernández (4 Ana Lozada 46’), 12 Estefanía Fuentes, 13 Samantha Arellano and 14 Mónica Rodríguez.
MGR.: LEONARDO CUELLAR
1-0 (34’) Lizbeth Ovalle surges past four defenders, crosses to the center of the box where Katty Martínez finishes.
2-0 (60’) Liliana Mercado breaks away down the middle, passes to Katty Martínez who scores with an angled shot.
TIGRES WOMEN: Nancy Antonio (19’)
AMÉRICA WOMEN: Esmeralda Verdugo (2’), Samantha Arellano, Dayana Cazares (73’)
Referee: Karen Hernández
Assistant Referee No. 1: Karen Díaz
Assistant Referee No. 2: Damaris Jiménez
Fourth official: Priscila Pérez