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Los Angeles, CA | Nov 29 | Kelly Landaverde – @Kel_landaverde
There’s no VAR in the league, but a sellout record crowd of 41,615 soccer souls attended the first leg final at the historic El Volcán. Belen Cruz scored the first goal in the 5th minute with her left leg. The “Felines” have never lost a game at home. Tigres created more chances, throughout the game but couldn’t nail the opportunities they had; chances that never come back. During the 1st half they dominated, Jacqueline Ovalle missed a clear opportunity in the 35th minute, with a first touch the ball didn’t’ fully go in and Annia Mejia the defender made it there on time to intercept it. Tigres goalkeeper Ofelia had little to do during the first half, since her team was the one that pressured, and created more chances than the visitors. Tigres cornered “Rayadas” with their ball control, and they ended up becoming desperate to tie the game, something that was getting harder. Because Tigres was demonstrating that they don’t make painful mistakes.
In the second half “Rayadas” began to dominate as soon as it started Annia Mejia tied the game with a header in the 54th minute. The game was back and forth one, with Tigres being closer to add more goals in their history of finals, but missed them. As of Monterrey it wasn’t goalscorer Desirée’s night in this game; she couldn’t put them up. Instead at of all the women’s soccer games I’ve watched this was the one where two players were arguing during and after the game; the goalkeeper Ofelia, and Desirée. Now either of the top two teams will have to secure the trophy at the BBVA stadium. The league has yet to announce the second leg so both teams have time to rest before the finale.