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Loons manager Adrian Heath said Hlongwane’s thought process had been indicative of his shots to start the season.
It was the first and only loss of the season for the Aurora.
Aurora will play the winner of Greenville Liberty-South Georgia Tormenta. The USL W League championship game is July 23.
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Minnesota (9-8-4) climbed into the top four places in the Western Conference; they are unbeaten in a season-high five games. D.C. (5-11-3) remained in last place in the Eastern Conference.

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Mayu Inokawa — scoreless in 106 regular-season minutes — went to take Aurora’s penalty kick amid a 1-1 tie in a USL W League quarterfinal match against Indy Eleven on Wednesday.
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Seven field players have played at least 90% of the minutes across the five MLS matches since June 25. Two more, for a total of nine, have been on the field at least 78% of the game action in that span.
During Aurora’s undefeated 11-0-1 regular season, the first-year USL W League soccer club has not let a too-serious approach squeeze all the fun out of the game in the name of winning at all costs.
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They were selected by Adrian Heath, who will serve as MLS head coach in the showcase event against Mexico’s Liga MX.
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The Loons won their third straight, scoring three goals in each contest
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Sophia Smith scored in the fifth and eighth minutes to give her eight goals in 18 international matches

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Minnesota had scored 17 goals in 16 games until breaking out for six goals (three apiece) in the past two wins
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Dibassy, who is guaranteed compensation is $743,125 this year, also has been versatile, chipping in at left back due to injuries and absences
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With Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Inter Miami, the Loons are 1-6-1 in their past eight games

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