Game: Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Femenil vs. Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V. Femenil
Date: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Universitario (San Nicolas de los Garza, N.L.)
Referees: REF: Quetzalli Alvarado Godínez, AR1: Mayra Alejandra Mora Cerero, AR2: Sandra Elizabeth Ramirez Aleman, 4TH: Katia Itzel García Mendoza
It all comes down to this.
After an eighteen game regular season, four games of playoff early rounds, and the first leg of the Final, Tigres Femenil and América Femenil head to El Volcán to settle who will be the Liga MX Femenil champions for the 2018 Apertura. The sides 2-2 in the Ida leg, with goals from Diana González and Betzy Cuevas putting Las Águilas up by the 70th minute. But an autogol by Julieta Peralta in the 72nd and a defensive mistake that lead to a Lizbeth Ovalle goal in the 84th minute have Tigres right back in it.
El Volcán has been a fortress for Tigres, who didn’t lose a single game in the regular season and allowed only eight regular season goals and two postseason matches at home. The 41,886 seat stadium has been sold out since December 6, ensuring there will be a boisterous atmosphere fit for a final.
Tigres is very dangerous in the attack, outscoring everyone in the regular season. Cross-town rivals Monterrey was the team that was closest in goals scored, and their 38 was 13 fewer than Tigres. Katty Martínez finished the season with twelve goals, one behind league leader Mónica Monsiváis of Monterrey. Alison González and Maria Elizondo both have six goals, González’ goals coming before she left for Uruguay with the rest of the Mexico U17 Women’s World Cup team.
América is better defensively, with their 12 goals allowed behind only their cross-town rivals UNAM Pumas. The defense had seven shutouts during the regular season and two in the postseason, and allowed two or more goals only three times this season, two of them coming in the playoffs. Goalkeeper Jaidy Gutiérrez and defender Ximena Rios joined Tigres’ González in Uruguay for the U17 Women’s World Cup.