No upsets in the Liguilla quarterfinals, however all of the matchups had their share of intrigue and displays of heart. Please note the scores shown are the aggregated totals and that the schedule for the Vuelta (second) leg of the Semifinal round has not been finalized at the time of this writing.
Monterrey 5, UNAM Pumas 1: Pumas started off on the right foot, getting the first goal of the series at home when Edna Santamaria was able to beat goalkeeper Claudia Lozoya to a through ball and shot it home in the 57th minute. Mónica Monsiváis would equalize ten minutes later when she hit a shot from 20 yards out to beat goalkeeper Melany Villeda. Monsiváis would add another in the 78th minute when she hit a header from close range.
It was all Rayadas in the second leg. Dinora Garza hit a fantastic free kick in the first minute, Rebeca Bernal converted a penal in the 39th minute, and Monsiváis would convert from the spot in the 56th minute to close out the round.
Pachuca 2, Atlas 1: Pachuca was able to advance past a very tough Atlas team. Karen Gómez got the lone goal of the first match when she converted from the spot in the 65th minute.
Pachuca scored again in the 64th minute of the second match when Yanin Madrid made a great run into the box, drawing goalkeeper Ana Paz out and playing a great square ball across to Lizbeth Ángeles for the easy tap-in. Atlas would draw one back in the 71st minute when Joana Robles drove to the end line and hit a pass back to an unmarked Alíson González for an easy shot from the six yard box. It wasn’t enough however and Pachuca would go on to the next round.
Puebla 1, Tigres UANL 4: A series that was not as lopsided as the score suggests. Puebla got the first goal in the 66th minute when Mariam Castro hit a perfect cross from the right side in to Mariela Jiménez, who beat Cristina Ferral to head the ball in. Katty Martínez would draw the sides level in the 70th minute when she settled down a header from Nancy Antonio, beat defender Maria López, and fired a shot past Brissa Rangel. Then in stoppage Liliana Mercado would convert a penal to give Tigres the lead.
Puebla would fight hard in the second leg at El Volcán, but Tigres was just too much. In the 65th minute, Greta Espinoza would get on to a loose ball after a corner kick and sneak it inside of the post past a defender. Then in the 81st minute, Diana Anguiano would attempt to clear a ball but mis-hit her kick and the ball went into her own net off of a corner.
Club América 2, León 1: Another series that was incredibly close. América would be given a penalty in the 79th minute of the first match, and Daniela Espinosa would convert in front of the packed house in León.
In the second leg, León would get out to a good start when Perla Navarrete hit a rocket from 20 yards out to draw the series level. In the 57th minute however, Lucero Cuevas would play the offside perfectly, draw out goalkeeper Sandra Lozano, and then fire into an open net to push América in to the semifinals.
Thursday, May 2
Tigres UANL vs. Club América
Friday, May 3
Pachuca vs. Monterrey