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Soccer: Charlotte Lady Eagles fall to L.A. in national semifinals

By Bill Kiser
Correspondent
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    The Charlotte Eagles begin practice with a devotional moment. The Charlotte Lady Eagles are a women's elite soccer team that competes in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The W-League is a national pro-am women's league with teams across the US and Canada. The Lady Eagles are in their 15th season.
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    The Charlotte Eagles begin practice Wednesday evening at Charlotte Latin in preparation for Friday’s semifinal game.
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    Charlotte Eagles goalie Robyn Jones (left) and center back Amanda Naeher (right) are leading players in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).

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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