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2024 W League Playoffs Conference Finals set

By Staff, 07/06/24, 1:15AM EDT


Eight teams remain after thrilling first round

The 2024 W League Conference Finals are set after a full day of action on Friday. Eight teams will face off on Sunday, July 7 for a chance at a spot in the national semifinals. 

The Long Island Rough Riders, FC Olympia and Colorado Storm all earned road victories against their respective conference hosts. The 2023 W League champions Indy Eleven and runners-up NC Courage U23 both opened their postseason runs with strong wins.  

USL W League Conference Finals schedule:   

Central Conference – Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI 

  • Detroit City FC vs Indy Eleven, 1 p.m. ET

Western Conference – Davis Legacy Field, Davis, CA 

  • FC Olympia vs. Colorado Storm, 2 p.m. ET

Eastern Conference – Mountain View Middle School, Mechanicsburg, PA 

  • NC Courage U23 vs. Long Island Rough Riders, 5:30 p.m. ET 

Southern Conference – UNC Asheville – Greenwood Field, Asheville, NC 

  • Tennessee SC vs. Asheville City SC, 7:30 p.m. ET 

Conference Semifinals Recap

NC Courage U23 4 – 0 Lancaster Inferno 

NC Courage earned the first postseason win after a dominant performance against Mid Atlantic Division side Lancaster Inferno. The Courage jumped out to an early lead in the seventh minute off a goal from Riley Kennedy. Two more goals from Ivy Garner and Hannah Jibril put the team up 3-0 going into halftime. Jibril secured a brace and the win with her second goal in the 78th minute. 

Minnesota Aurora 1 – 2 Indy Eleven 

In the third postseason matchup between these two sides, Indy Eleven came away with the win after a back-and-forth 90 minutes. Karsyn Cherry put Indy Eleven up three minutes in with a header off a corner. June Player of the Month Katie Duong evened the score in the 66th minute to breathe life into Aurora, but Indy took the lead back off a finish from Natalie Mitchell not long after. Aurora was awarded a penalty kick in the dying moments of the match, but goalkeeper Kathleen Phillips made an incredible save to keep Indy on top. 

AHFC Royals 0 – 1 Tennessee SC 

Tennessee SC is headed to its first Conference Final after securing the win over Lone Star Division champions AHFC Royals. Ryanne Molenaar made a run down the right side of the field and slipped the ball far post to put TSC ahead in the 17th minute. Despite multiple efforts from both sides, no further pushes were made, and Tennessee took the 1-0 win. 

Detroit City FC 3 – 0 River Light FC 

Detroit City put on a show for its fans at Keyworth Stadium in its postseason debut. Lilley Bosley put Le Rouge on the board just six minutes in, off a cross from Kate Childers. Lily Jeakle flicked in a beautiful header off a corner to double the lead in the second half. Emily Pagett then put the final nail in the coffin with a blast from outside the box in the 78th minute. 

Long Island Rough Riders 2- 1 Eagle FC 

For the first time in three seasons, Long Island advances to the Conference Finals after taking down 2023 Eastern Conference champion Eagle FC. Luciana Setteducate scored her 19th goal of the season to put the Rough Riders on top early, and Lia Howard doubled the lead before halftime. Aminah Baruwah put Eagle FC back into the match with a goal in the 67th minute, but the team couldn’t find the equalizer and ended its season at home. 

Florida Elite Soccer Academy 1 – 2 Asheville City SC 

In an unbelievable comeback, Asheville City took down top seeded Florida Elite to advance to the Southern Conference Final. After a scoreless first half, Florida Elite took the lead in the 57th minute with a Valerie Hernandez goal off a failed clearance from Asheville’s backline. However, the hosts tied things up after Isabella Demarco sent a rocket into the back of the net from the top of the box. Nine minutes later, Caroline Dew sent a low shot through the hands of Florida Elite’s goalkeeper to give Asheville City the 2-1 victory. 

FC Olympia 2 – 1 Oakland Soul 

In the only match to go to extra time, FC Olympia advanced to its second consecutive Western Conference Final. Olympia’s McKenna Martinez intercepted a pass, made a run into the box and slipped the ball past Oakland’s goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead. Jordan Geis scored soon after from a tight angle to tie up the match. In the first few minutes of extra time, Olympia earned a corner and within the commotion inside the box, an Oakland own goal was scored and proved to be the game winner. 

Colorado Storm 3 – 0 California Storm 

In the battle of the Storms, Colorado was the best of the two sides and earned the last spot in the second round of the playoffs. An incredible free kick from Sydney Cheesman from right outside the center circle gave Colorado the lead in first-half stoppage time. The team extended the lead in the second half off goals from Reese McDermott and Elisa Dean. 

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