Tigres were the highest-scoring team in the league during the regular season, netting 51 goals in 14 games, and they looked dangerous in the early going in the Estadio Hidalgo. Pachuca’s defense stood firm, however, and the hosts had chances of their own through Mónica Ocampo and Lizbeth Ángeles.
Despite chances at both ends, the game went to halftime still deadlocked at 0-0.
That changed in the 63rd minute. Tigres gave up a penalty kick and Ocampo converted it to give Pachuca the 1-0 lead.
That goal opened the floodgates. In the 71st minute, Ocampo played in Yanín Madrid, who played a low cross to Ángeles. The goalkeeper denied her initial shot, but she pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0.
It looked like the game would end that way, but in the final few minutes Pachuca doubled their lead. In the 90th minute, Ocampo played in Kara Nieto, whose shot found the left corner to make it 3-0.
Then, in stoppage time, Ángeles scored her second of the night after the goalkeeper got stranded off her line, giving Pachuca the 4-0 lead and putting them completely in the driver’s seat in this semifinal series.
The second leg will be hosted by Tigres this Saturday; there is no away goals tiebreaker in this series, so Tigres will need to win by five goals to advance directly and by four to send the game to penalties. Pachuca will advance with a win, a draw, or a loss by up to three goals.