McLean Soccer celebrates after scoring goal | Photo Courtesy Dakota Moyer
The USL W League semifinals start tomorrow, July 17 with Minnesota Aurora FC and McLean Soccer kicking off the second round of playoffs at 4 p.m. ET and than Greenville Liberty SC and South Georgia Tormenta FC rounding out semifinals play starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Arguably two of the strongest teams in the league this season will converge on Sunday for a thrilling matchup at TCO Stadium, with kick off slated for 4 p.m. ET. The winner of which will punch a ticket to the inaugural USL W League Final.
While both teams have been powerhouses in their respective divisions, Minnesota Aurora FC is the only undefeated team left in the league. Behind strong defense led by Sarah Fuller between the poles, the Aurora always manage to find the back of the net when needed most. Aurora’s impressive on-field performance was coupled with an impressive off-field feat – a sold-out crowd of 6,200.
McLean Soccer has been a true force to be reckoned with as the team put on a clinic in its quarterfinal's matchup scoring eight goals by seven different players. McLean’s “score when they want” mentality will test Sarah Fuller and the rest of the Aurora defense for all 90 minutes.
The Greenville Liberty and South Georgia Tormenta had somewhat opposite regular seasons, where the Liberty started off strong, but went 2-2-1 in its last five matches and Tormenta had a shaky start but finished its season 4-0-1.
While this is the first meeting for the two team's W League sides - their men’s teams have made history facing each other more than once. The first match in USL League One history was between the Greenville Triumph and Tormenta. The rivalry has been growing stronger year after year, leading up to the latest clash between the sides this past week where the match ended in a 5-5 draw – the most goals scored in League One history.
Greenville’s two long-range shots against the Long Island Rough Riders secured its spot in the semifinals. Both goals were struck from outside the 18-yard box and were floated over the keepers head, just out of reach.
Tormenta’s goal-scoring machine Amy Andrews looks to continue her hot streak and her team’s playoff run. Andrews accounted for 17 of Tormenta’s 34 goals through the regular and post-season. With her game-winner in the quarterfinals, Andrews has now scored in seven straight matches for the Georgia-based team.