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Relive the thrilling USL W League Quarterfinal matches

By Staff, 07/14/22, 1:00PM EDT


USL W League quarterfinals deliver dramatic start to first-ever playoffs

Mariah Nguyen plays in front of a soldout crowd in Minnesota | Photo Courtesy of Minnesota Aurora FC

FC Miami City 0, South Georgia Tormenta FC 1


South Georgia Tormenta FC picked up an impressive 1-0 victory on the road against previously undefeated FC Miami City, with the visitors making a strong right out of the gate with a solid chance in the first minute as Amy Andrews laid a pass off for Jenae Packard, only for Miami's goalkeeper Melanie Lefebvre to make an impressive double save to keep the game level.  

One of Miami City’s best chances came in the 13th off a beautiful ball from the corner which unfortunately went out for a goal kick.  

The breakthrough for the visitors came in the 62nd minute, however, as W League Golden Boot winner Andrews received a low cross from the left by Elis Nemtsov and finished perfectly. Miami would go on to have a few other chances, including a tough test for Sydney Martinez in the 88th minute but would ultimately be unable to find the back of the net.  

Scoring Recap:  

62’ Amy Andrews (Elis Nemtsov) - TRM 1, MIA 0 

Elis Nemtsov sent in a low cross from the left side, which set Andrews up perfectly for the close-range tap in.  

Line ups/Substitutions: 

Miami City FC: GK: Melanie Lefebvre; D: Lena Stein (Amanda Martin, 71’), Jaida Scott, Barbara Murillo, Jodi Smith; M: Jocelyn Mendez, Lauren Hall, Lily Troung; F: Idelys Vazquez, CC Rodriguez (Noska Young, 81’), Megan Morgan (Alejandra Silva, 50’).  

South Georgia Tormenta FC: GK: Sydney Martinez; D: Isabel Kopp, Camryn Scully, Jhenesis Ellerbe, Abby Wolf; M: Emily Burke (Lauren O’Hearn, 91’), Janae Packard, Erin O’Hearn (Kelly Giddes, 77’); F: Elis Nemstov (Helen Gutierrez, 77’), Jaida Nyby, Amy Andrews.  


TRM: 84’ Kelly Giddes – Yellow Card 

MIA: 56’ Lauren Hall, 26’ Jocelyn Mendez – Yellow Card 

Greenville Liberty SC 2, Long Island Rough Riders 0

Greenville Liberty SC emulated the postseason success of the organization’s USL League One side as it took a 2-0 victory against the Long Island Rough Riders. From the opening whistle, Greenville felt a step ahead as it created multiple chances on goal before finding the back of the net in the 37th minute through Caitlyn Reilly.  

Long Island played a physical match, but was unable to keep up with the pace of the Liberty, who doubled their lead in the 70th minute as Julie Macklin found the net to book a place in the W League Semifinals.  

Scoring Recap: 

37’ Caitlyn Reilly (Autumn Cayelli): GVL 1, LI 0 

Reilly received the ball from Cayelli outside the 18-yard box, dribbled past a defender and delivered a low finish to the right corner, underneath the goalkeeper.  
70’ Julie Mackin: GVL 2, LI 0 

Mackin received possession deep in her own territory, drove forward up the left wing and cut back before firing a strike that floated over the head of the Long Island goalkeeper.  

Line ups/Substitutions:

Greenville Liberty SC: GK: Katelyn Kellog; D: Reagan Burns, Sarah Jacobs, Haley Schueppert, Camryn Bolick; M: Caitlyn Reilly, Christian Brathwaite (Alexah Fite, 91’), Riley Parsons (Josie Gillespie, 69’); Julie Mackin, Autumn Cayelli, Grace Baghdady (Bailey Manfredi, 69’) 
Long Island Rough Riders: GK: Lauren Hoolahan; D: Sofia Quijada (Carly Bloom, 80’), Alexa Vegada, Jessica Hoyt, Michelle Wienecke; M: Alexa Schneider (Nicolette Caneda, 74’), Emily Rose (Hope Neale, 60’), Amanda Buck (Christina Dutcher, 80’); F: Kimberly Marra, Furtuna Velaj, Nicole Bermudez 


LI: 10' Sofia Quijada;

GVL: 88' Josie Gillespie.

Morris Elite 0, McLean Soccer 8

In the highest scoring match of the quarterfinals, McLean Soccer produced an eye-opening 8-0 victory against hosts Morris Elite SC that saw seven different players find the net for the visitors. While Morris Elite had a few chances on goal, two goals and one assist by Angela Caloia powered McLean to an emphatic victory. 

McLean scored twice in three minutes as it broke the deadlock around the quarter-hour mark through Eliza Turner and Julia Leas on the way to building a five-goal halftime lead. Caloia bagged the fifth, and then added her second goal of the night five minutes into the second half before Kendall McBride and Lauren Meeks rounded out the scoring. 

Scoring Recap: 

14’ Eliza Turner: MCL 1, MOR 0 

Turner intercepted a pass and dribbled 10 yards upfield before delivering a high-angled shot from 20 yards that floated over the goalkeeper's head.  

16’ Julia Leas (Angela Caloia): MCL 2, MOR 0 

Leas played a cheeky little give-and-go at the top of the penalty area before shooting low to the corner.  

23’ Jordan Felton (Julia Leas): MCL 3, MOR 0 

Felton received the ball in the box, shook off a few defenders, cut the ball back and fired home a low finish.  

29’ Erika Harwood (Aleigh Gambone): MCL 4, MOR 0 

Aleigh Gambone beat her marker with a sweet dummy to create space before crossing from the byline for an Erike Harwood tap in. 

42’ Angela Caloia (Jordan Felton): MCL 5, MOR 0 

Caloia picked off possession from the Morris Elite defense and shot from the top of the box, sending the ball over the goalkeeper's head.  
50’ Angela Caloia (Aleigh Gambone): MCL 6, MOR 0 
Gambone picked up her second assist of the night as her low cross was finished from the edge of the six-yard area by Caloia for her second goal. 
67’ Kendall McBride: MCL 7, MOR 0 
McBridge made a clever turn past her defender at the edge of the penalty area before chipping it over the goalkeeper at the far post. 
74’ Lauren Meeks (Stephanie Christianson): MCL 8, MOR 0 

Breaking onto a long through-ball by Stephanie Christianson, Meeks produced a great shot from outside the box to close out the scoring. 
Cards: N/A 

Line up/Substitutions: 
Morris Elite SC: GK: Arden Lembryk (Joella Chase, 45’); D: Maria Garcia (Sophie Geslao, 38’, Mackenzie Barrett, 85’), Courtney Reudt, Olivia Redden (Megan Meagher, 85’), Danielle Borrino (Nathalia Gallo, 66’); M: Elizabeth Gallagher, Claire Manning, Anika Elias (Lilli Gemma, 38’); F Katie Coyle (Naya Vialva, 85’), Natalia Ramirez, Bridget Dudziec 
McLean Soccer: GK: Ella Gantman; D: Zara Chavoshi, Aminata Davis (Alexandra Bair, 60’); M: Julia Leas (Stephanie Christianson, 45’), Aria Nagai (Lauren Meeks, 45’), Eliza Turner(Kendall Robertson57’), Grace Walsh; F: Angela Caloia (Kale’a Perry, 60’), Jordan Felton (Kendall McBride, 57’), Aleigh Gambone, Erika Harwood 

Minnesota Aurora FC 2, Indy Eleven 1

In a matchup of undefeated sides, Minnesota Aurora FC rallied to claim a 2-1 victory against Indy Eleven, providing all the drama fans could have hoped for. After a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes, the dramatics began in the 23rd minute when Minnesota was called for a handball in the penalty area, giving Indy a chance to take the lead from the spot. Aurora goalkeeper Sarah Fuller guessed the correct side and saved the penalty kick, keeping the score level at 0-0.  

Indy Eleven took the lead in the 34th minute, however, as Ella Rogers put the visitors ahead at the break. Inspired by another big crowd at TCO Stadium, Minnesota hit back four minutes into the second half as Morgan Turner produced an outstanding finish from 20 yards to the top-left corner of the net to bring the hosts level. Aurora then capitalized on a penalty kick of their own as Mayu Inokawa’s finish put the hosts ahead in the 66th minute, and from there Minnesota’s defense held the potent Indy attack in check to secure a Semifinal berth. 

Scoring Recap: 

34’ Ella Rogers (Jenna Chatterton): IND: 1, MN 0 

Chatterton split a pair of defenders with a pass to Rogers inside the left side of the penalty area, and Rogers produced a fine finish to the right corner for the visitors.  

49’ Morgan Turner (Cat Rapp): IND 1, MN 1 

After a good piece of control and layoff by Cat Rapp at the top of the penalty area, Turner curled a brilliant finish to the top-left corner of the net from 20 yards.  

66’ Mayu Inokawa (Pen): MN 2, IND 1 

After Maya Hansen was brought down in the penalty area, Inokawa’s slow approach was followed by a precise shot to the left corner just past the Indy goalkeeper’s outstretched arm.  


MN: 72’ Jill Bennett - Yellow Card; 90’ Jill Bennett – Red Card;  

Ind: 69’ Karsyn Cherry – Yellow Card; 79’ Jenna Chatterton – Yellow Card 

Line ups/Substitutions: 
Minnesota Aurora FC: GK: Sarah Fuller; D: Kenzie Langdok, Kelsey Kaufusi, Rachel Preston, Eli Rapp (Jill Bennett, 45’); CDM: Mayu Inokawa, Addy Symonds; AM/W: Jelena Zbiljic (Morgan Turner, 45’), Cat Rapp, Mariah Nguyen; F: Maya Hansen. 
Indy Eleven: GK: Mackenzie Wood; Nikia Smith (Milica Bulatovic, 73’), Karsyn Cherry, Robyn McCarthy, Grace Bahr; Molly McLaughlin (Julia Leonard, 45’; Reese Sochacki, 82’), Ella Rogers, Addie Chester (Emma Johnson, 70’); Katie Soderstrom, Maddy Williams, Jenna Chatterton. 

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