Courage coach Paul Riley is vying for his second NWSL title in as many years. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Lynn Williams and the top-seed North Carolina Courage prepare for a playoff matchup with Julie Ertz and the Chicago Red Stars in the semifinals of the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, N.C. Sunday.

The match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Lifetime.

NWSL Shield winners have won three out of the four previous semifinals in which they’ve played, but no team that has won the regular-season crown has gone on to also claim the NWSL Championship.

Coach Paul Riley, a Bay Shore, N.Y. resident, and his players were responsible for the only semifinal loss by an NWSL Shield winner when they upset Portland Thorns FC last year on their way to becoming the first No. 4 seed to win the NWSL Championship as the Western New York Flash before relocating to North Carolina during the offseason.

If the Courage are to become the first NWSL Shield winner to go on and do the double, they will need to do something they haven’t been able accomplish this year – beat the Red Stars.

Chicago was 3-0-0 against North Carolina and coach Rory Dames and his players were the only side against whom the Courage did not earn a victory.

The winner Sunday will move on to face Portland Thorns FC, 4-1 winners over the Orlando Pride in the other semifinal Saturday in the 2017 NWSL Championship on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

North Carolina Courage

Goalkeepers (2): Sabrina D’Angelo, Katelyn Rowland

Defenders (9): Abby Dahlkemper, Abby Erceg, Jaelene Hinkle, Nora Holstad, Yuri Kawamura, Stephanie Ochs, Taylor Smith, Meredith Speck, Samantha Witteman

Midfielders (6): Makenzy Doniak, Elizabeth Eddy, Samantha Mewis, McCall Zerboni, Denise O’Sullivan, Debinha

Forwards (5): Kristen Hamilton, Ashley Hatch, Darian Jenkins, Jessica McDonald, Lynn Williams

Chicago Red Stars

Goalkeepers (2): Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher

Defenders (5): Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Katie Naughton, Casey Short

Midfielders (8): Morgan Brian, Danielle Colaprico, Taylor Comeau, Vanessa DiBernardo, Julie Ertz, Summer Green, Lauren Kaskie, Alyssa Mautz

Forwards (5): Jen Hoy, Sofia Huerta, Stephanie McCaffrey, Yuki Nagasato, Christen Press