After two exciting rounds crowned four conference winners during this past weekend of the 2023 USL W League Playoffs, the postseason continues this Friday night when Eagle FC, Indy Eleven, NC Courage U23 and SF Glens square off for berth in the 2023 USL W League Final.
Indy Eleven will host SF Glens at Grand Park on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. ET
NC Courage U23 will host Eagle FC at WakeMed Field #2 on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. ET
The 2023 USL W League Final will be a matchup of the two winners from semifinal matches. The Final will take place during the weekend of July 22. with location and time to be determined.
Indy Eleven 1, Minnesota Aurora FC 0
Indy Eleven was crowned the USL W League Central Conference Champions after defeating Minnesota Aurora 1-0 in a rematch from last year's semifinal.
The first half saw action all over the field with each side pushing forward, trying to secure the first goal of the match and gain momentum. Minnesota's best chance on goal came in the 17th minute after Cat Rapp got her head on a service from Mackenzie Langdok, which ended up going just wide.
The deadlock was broken in the 57th minute by Indy’s Sam Dewey, however, after a free kick was awarded from about 30 yards out. Grace Bahr sent a great ball into the penalty area that Dewey was able to put away.
Indy held on for the remainder of the match, ending Minnesota’s previously perfect season.
IND: Dewey 57’
NC Courage U23 3, Tampa Bay United 0
NC Courage U23 dominated on home turf to claim the Southern Conference Final with a 3-0 victory against Tampa Bay United.
The Courage U23 saw chances come early with a dangerous effort from Mia Oliaro hitting the crossbar in the 16th minute.
North Carolina consistently played well through the midfield with USWNT Heather O’Reilly pulling the strings, and that helped produce the opening goal on the half-hour mark as Emily Moxley netted the first goal of the match. Aven Alvarez doubled the Courage’s lead just six minutes later, leading the team into the locker room with a two-goal cushion.
NC Courage tacked on a third goal minutes after the start of the second half and Tampa Bay was not able to break down the Courage’s strong defense despite a strong push in the final 20 minutes of the match.
NCC: Moxley 30’
NCC: Alvarez 36’
NCC: Francher 49’
SF Glens 2, Cal Storm 1
Carina Lageyre scored a late winner as SF Glens rallied to earn the Western Conference title against divisional foe California Storm in dramatic style.
The Storm came out of the gates fired up and took the lead just two minutes into the match when Camryn Lanchester found the back of the net, stunning the Glens.
SF Glens managed to find an equalizer against the run of play moments before the halftime whistle blew when Peyton Marcisz found the back of the net in first-half stoppage time.
That set the stage for Lageyre, who scored an incredible upper 90 goal in the 87th minute to earn the Glens victory and send them into the National Semifinals in thrilling fashion.
CAL: Lancaster 2’
SF: Marcisz 45+1’
SF: Lageyre 87’
Eagle FC 6, Morris Elite SC 0
Eagle FC came away with a big victory in the Eastern Conference Final against Morris Elite SC in game that proved a tale of two halves.
The first half was competitive as both defenses held firm against attacking opportunity, but just moments before the halftime whistle Eagle took the lead when Nia Christopher played a ball across the face of the goal that Courtney Butlion banged home.
Eagle added a second goal through Melina Descary, and from there the side pulled away for a comfortable final score. Christopher's influence on the game proved pivotal in the second half as she secured a brace, while Meg Tate was a commanding presence in the midfield for Eagle as she also bagged a goal.
EAG: Butlion 45+3’
EAG: Descary 48’
EAG: Tate 54’
EAG: Christopher 64’
EAG: Christopher 75’
EAG: Hollenbach 87’