Tigres Women to Define the Title in the Second Leg: 1-1
SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, May 10th.- Tigres Women were unable to hold onto their advantage in the Women’s Liga MX Final, drawing 1-1 with Rayadas, meaning that the title will be defined in the BBVA Stadium, just as it was a little over a year ago.
An own goal by Alexia Frías, following a corner kick taken by Liliana Mercado, put our side ahead, but minutes later Selena Castillo equalized with a mid-distance shot into the upper-right corner.
Our players clearly had the idea of attacking, seeking an opportunity from the very first minute and, in fact, in the second minute Jacqueline Ovalle broke away along her left and crossed to Katty Martínez, whose shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.
Rayadas, driven by the desire for a rematch, had a chance at minute four, but Mónica Monsiváis’ shot went over the goal.
From that moment on, the ball went in only one direction and that was towards Rayadas’ goal, reflected at 9’ when Liliana Mercado’s direct free kick went into goalkeeper Claudia Lozoya’s hands.
Tigres Women were enjoying possession and overlapping, but lacked definition in finishing, which was capitalized on by Rayadas in an attempt at 23’, but goalkeeper Ofelia Solís came off her line to block this threat to her goal.
Minutes later, at 34’, Ovalle broke into the box again from her left and crossed to Belén Cruz who couldn’t connect and the ball found Katty Martínez instead, but her shot missed to the right.
At 39’, Ovalle came very close to scoring, receiving from the left and penetrating the box, only for her shot and this opportunity to be blocked by the visiting goalie.
And, at 43’, the first goal was annulled by referee Karen Hernández, supporting her lineswoman’s call for a supposed offside.
In the second half, Tigres Women hoped to continue with the same strategy as in the first, but Rayadas wanted a little bit more, so, at minute 47, Dinora Garza created an opportunity that went over the bar.
At 53’, Aylín Aviléz couldn’t reach the middle to finish a pass from the left, to our side’s relief, and, at 54’, the referee denied us a penalty for what was clearly a hand ball by a Rayadas defender.
In the next play, Katty Martínez headed to the far post, but into the keeper’s hands.
Afterwards, at 61’, Katty Martínez’s shot in the box was only just sent out for a corner by the goalkeeper. In the next play, Liliana Mercado passed to the near post, where Alexia Frías put the ball into her own goal. The score was finally the much sought-after 1-0.
A minute later, Mónica Monsiváis broke away and seemed to be offside, but keeper Ofelia Solís came out on top in the one-on-one.
During these minutes of the match, the opponent moved up front and prevented our side from playing the ball out from defense, making it difficult for them to get past the midfield.
However, at minute 69, Katty Martínez, inside the box, headed a pass from the left by Ovalle, but the defense intervened.
The visitors’ insistence was finally rewarded through Selena Castillo whose mid-distance shot found the upper-right corner, equalizing 1-1 at the 70thminute.
At 76’, Liliana Mercado had a chance with a direct free kick, but the shot went over the visitors’ crossbar.
In the end, time ran out, as did the opportunities for a victory, so our team needs to win in the BBVA stadium, just as they did a little over a year ago.
TIGRES WOMEN: 20 Ofelia Solís; 4 Greta Espinoza, 6 Nancy Antonio, 7 Liliana Mercado, 10 Katty Martínez, 13 Karen Luna, 14 Jaqueline Ovalle, 15 Cristina Ferral, 18 Belén Cruz (9 Evelyn González 90’), 19 Blanca Solís (8 Carolina Jaramillo 76’) and 22 Selene Cortes.
MGR.: RAMÓN VILLA ZEBALLOS
RAYADAS: 1 Claudia Lozoya; 2 Alexia Frias, 4 Rebecca Bernal, 9 Mónica Monsiváis (7 Hilary García 82’), 10 Dinora Garza (20 Daniela Solís 66’), 16 Selena Castillo, 17 Alicia Cervantes (25 Norali Armenta 90’), 18 Aylín Aviléz, 19 Mariana Cadena, 26 Valeria Valdez and 29 Gabriela Álvarez.
MGR.: HÉCTOR BECERRA
1-0 (61’) In a corner kick, Liliana Mercado crosses to Alexia Frías who heads the ball into her own net.
1-1 (70’) Selena Castillo scores with a mid-range shot into the upper right corner.
TIGRES WOMEN: None
RAYADAS: Mónica Monsiváis (30’), Dinora Garza (51’)
Referee: Karen Hernández
Assistant referee No. 1: Mayra Mora
Assistant referee No. 2: Damaris Jiménez
Fourth official: Lizzet García