Game: Club de Fútbol Monterrey Femenil vs. Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Femenil
Date: Saturday, December 7th
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 p.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Guadalupe, N.L.)
Referees: REF: Karen Hernández Andrade, AR1: Mayra Alejandra Mora Cerero, AR2: Jéssica Fernanda Morales Morales, 4TH: Diana Stephanía Pérez Borja
After a thrilling match at El Volcán followed by a brief hiatus, Rayadas and Tigres will meet to crown the 2019 Liga MX Femenil Apertura Campeon across town at Estadio BBVA Bancomer. At the end of the first match, goals from Tigres’ Belén Cruz and Rayadas’ Annia Mejia left the squads level.
Tigres will most likely continue to play patient soccer, looking to create mismatches with their top three against Monterrey’s back line. With Jackie Ovalle on the left, Cruz on the right, and Katty Martínez in the center the Rayadas’ defense will look to limit the amount of space and time these players have on the ball. Monterrey dropping Valeria Valdez back to help the center backs helped limit the amount of one-on-one chances afforded to Tigres in the first match.
Rayadas on the other hand will look to use the home field advantage to get their high-powered offense back on track. While the team racked up a mind-boggling 52 goals in 18 games, the only forwards to have scored during the playoffs are Diana Evangelista and Aylin Aviléz, each scoring only one goal each. They must do more to get the ball to Evangelista and Desirée Monsiváis in productive spaces.
The team that is able to take advantage of whatever chances are afforded to them will be the one lifting the trophy at the end of the night. Both of these teams are equally capable of winning what should be a thrilling end to a fantastic season of women’s soccer in Mexico.