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Semifinal Previews: Indy Eleven vs SF Glens & NC Courage U23 vs Eagle FC

By Staff, 07/13/23, 1:15PM EDT


Which two teams will secure their spot in the W League Final?

After over 370 regular season matches and 12 playoff matches, the hunt for a spot in the 2023 USL W League Final has come down to four teams: SF Glens SC, Indy Eleven, NC Courage U23 and Eagle FC. 

The final four teams have shown all season they are four of the best in the league with a collective regular season record of 40-3-4. 

Read about the matchups below and be sure to tune in this Friday to see who will claim their spot in the 2023 USL W League Final. 

SF Glens SC vs. Indy Eleven

Venue: Grand Park | Tickets 
Kickoff: Friday, July 14, 7pm ET  
Stream: Eleven Sports 

Western Conference Champions SF Glens will travel to Indianapolis for their W League Semifinal matchup against Central Conference Champions Indy Eleven. 

Indy Eleven had another exciting season under head coach Paul Dolinsky with a regular season record of 8-1-1. Dolinsky’s team looked sharp in the first two rounds of playoffs, shutting out both Flint City AFC and Minnesota Aurora FC, who were both undefeated at the time they took on Indy.  

Sam Dewey scored in both of the team’s playoff matches, and found herself on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 and Futbol Americas after flipping in a cheeky backheel over the goalkeeper in Indy’s first-round matchup. Dewey leads Indy in goals scored with nine so far on the season. Aside from Dewey, the Glens will want to keep a close eye on Clemson Tiger Hal Hershfelt and former Butler Bulldog Katie Soderstrom, who pair nicely in the attack and bring veteran experience to this Indy Team.  

2023 expansion side SF Glens, under leadership of head coach Mike Sharabi, have had an impressive freshman campaign going 10-1-1 in the regular season in one of the most competitive divisions the league saw.  

Former Orlando Pride draftee and Portugal international Nádia Gomes has been on a tear for the San Francisco-based side. Gomes has recorded 15 goals and tallied six assists for the Glens in 14 league matches. On the defensive side the Glens have multiple high caliber players such as Duke Blue Devil Elle Piper and USYNT standout Elise Evans.  

NC Courage U23 vs. Eagle FC

Venue: WakeMed Park Field #2 | Tickets 
Kickoff: Friday, July 14, 7pm ET 
Stream: NC Courage website 

Southern Conference Champions NC Courage U23 will host Eastern Conference Champions Eagles FC in the second USL W League Semifinal.  

NC Courage U23 had an incredible regular season going undefeated (11-0-1) through twelve games under head coach Willie Davis Jr. The team saw great success in their first two playoff matches as USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly was pulling the strings in the midfield. The Courage will be without O’Reilly in the semifinals, however, the team has a strong pool of young midfielder talent will look to fill big shoes.  

UNC Tarheel commit Mia Oliaro has had a fantastic season on a very deep Courage offense throughout the season and into the playoffs. Wake Forest junior Laurel Ansbrow has been massive for the Courage and helped the team hold both playoff opponents scoreless.  

Eagle FC has had an incredible turnaround this season, with head coach Toan Ngo leading the team to the divisional top spot with an 11-1-0 record.  

Eagle’s captain Meg Tate tallied an impressive 14 goals and five assists in regular season play. Tate also scored the game winner in the conference semifinal against Christos FC and tallied a goal in the conference final. Tate will be integral to the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based side securing a spot in the 2023 USL W League Final.  

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