The Charlotte Lady Eagles saw its run through the USL W-League’s postseason end Friday with a 4-0 semifinal loss to defending league champion L.A. Blues in Bradenton, Fla.
Elizabeth Eddy scored twice and had an assist, while former Wake Forest player Katie Stengel added two second-half goals for the undefeated Blues (13-0-0), who will face the Washington Spirit Reserves for the W-League title Sunday.
The Spirit Reserves (11-0-2) advanced to the finals by beating the Ottawa Fury (11-1-1) in a penalty-kick shootout 4-2 in Friday’s first semifinal game at the IMG Academy stadium.
The Lady Eagles (5-1-4), who last made it to the W-League’s Final Four in 2006, were outplayed by the Blues in Friday’s semifinal. Charlotte managed just six shots to 18 for L.A., and did not attempt a corner kick to eight attempts by the Blues.
Eddy, playing in just her fourth game this season, split between two defenders to put a shot past Lady Eagles goalkeeper Robyn Jones from 15 yards out at the 23rd minute for a 1-0 L.A. lead.
Stengel, the Demon Deacons’ all-time scoring leader, then put the game away for the Blues by scoring twice in a three-minute span midway through the second half – on a cross from Eddy at the 68th minute, then nailing an 18-yarder at the 71st minute.
Eddy added an insurance score at the 84th minute, getting clear between three defenders to put a shot into the upper left corner of Charlotte’s goal.
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