Tigres UANL earned a 3-0 victory against Pachuca in the second leg of their Liga MX Femenil semifinal series, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first-leg deficit as Pachuca triumphed 4-3 on aggregate.
A semifinal series that looked done and dusted after a 4-0 Pachuca victory in the first leg nearly turned into an epic comeback as Tigres put their home-field advantage to the test. The universitarias took control of possession as they looked for an early goal to give them confidence.
Pachuca had a chance to quash Tigres’ growing confidence when Karla Nieto went on-on-one with goalkeeper Ofelia Solís, but she couldn’t put her shot on target. Then Tigres found the breakthrough in the 28th minute, when Nayeli Rangel headed home a free kick sent into the box by Carolina Jaramillo to make it 1-0 (1-4).
Tigres poured the pressure on after that, and although the score remained 1-0 at halftime, they netted a second shortly after the second half began. In the 54th minute, Lizbeth Ovalle cut in from the left and made it 2-0 (2-4).
Liliana Mercado then scored the goal of the night in the 65th minute when her olímpico made it 3-0 (4-3) and brought Tigres within touching distance of leveling the aggregate.
A nervy 25 minutes followed as Tigres frantically searched for the fourth goal that would send the series to penalties, and Pachuca defended frenetically as they looked to avoid the upset.
In the end, Tigres’ comeback fell just short as they won the leg but lost the aggregate.
With the 3-0 loss (4-3 aggregate win) Pachuca advances to the final while Tigres are eliminated.