WOMEN'S FOOTBALL HEADS INTO FINAL PLAYOFF ROUND
SATURDAY, JULY 7TH
The National Women's Football Association is gearing up for the final round of playoffs on July 7th. The teams that have advanced to this final round are:
In the Northern Conference, The Pittsburgh Passion moves on with their victory over the W. Michigan Mayhem, The Cleveland Fusion who beat the Mass Mutiny will travel to the Passion for what everyone is calling one of the best games of the year. The Passion and the Fusion have a great rivalry and are both looking for a win.
In the Southern Conference, the OKC Lightning beat the St. Louis Slam and take on the Columbus Comets who trounced the Chattanooga Locomotion. The Lightning and the Comets have never played each other and oddsmakers call this game a toss up.
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From the Teams:
PASSION (10-0) UP TO SEMIFINALS
In front of an illuminating Pittsburgh crowd, the Pittsburgh Passion defeated the West Michigan Mayhem late Saturday, 34 to 6, in the quarterfinals of playoffs in the National Women's Football Association. In the parallel playoff match of the night, the Cleveland Fusion defeated the Mass Mutiny, 12 to 7.
In a classic and pressing rivalry, Cleveland will now travel here to Pittsburgh this Saturday, July 7th, to play the Passion in the semifinals, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side at 7pm. The prevailing team will clinch the title for the Northern Conference and compete for the National Championship on July 21st in Nashville, Tennessee.
ESPN's SportsCenter chose Passion highlights from the quarterfinal win as # 6 on the Top 10 countdown of plays for the weekend in sports around the country. The entire game is available OnDemand. Visit PittsburghPassion.com for a full television schedule.
Late in the first quarter of a scoreless game, a special teams play by Jo Jo Warner began the charge. After tackling the Mayhem's punter, Kim Ford, the Passion took over on the West Michigan 34 yard line. Three plays later, QB Lisa Horton ran around the left side and into the endzone for a 6-0 lead. After holding West Michigan without a first down, Lyndsi Hughes capped off a 52 yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown. Jen Moody caught the conversion in the back corner of the endzone leading to a 14-0 lead. With under a minute to go before half-time, Lisa Horton sneaked up the middle for her second touchdown. Cristy Laudadio tacked on the extra point and Pittsburgh took a 21-0 lead into the break.
The Passion received the opening kick of the 2nd half and proceeded 65 yards down the field. The drive was capped off when Lisa Horton floated a ball into the right side of the endzone to Lori Johnson to open up a 28-0 lead. The Mayhem were able to answer back when Catherine Converse ran 73 yards for the lone score of the game. The 4th quarter saw the Passion round out the scoring with another Lyndsi Hughes touchdown. The 3H rushing attack again controlled the game. Hughes (91 yards and 2 TDs), Henley (89 yards) and Horton (44 yards and 2 TDs) combined for 224 yards on the ground. Horton went 10 for 18 with 195 yards and a touchdown pass to go along with her rushing figures. Five different players caught a pass for Pittsburgh with Jen Moody catching 4 balls for 80 yards.
The defense was led by Melissa Yeck and Trumane Rogers who both figured in on 16 tackles. Eden Pleva had been a strong part of the special teams but showed she can also play defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kelly Stoner was able to pick up an interception and Jo Jo Warner had 7 tackles and a sack. Pittsburgh will meet a familiar foe with Cleveland. The Passion and the Fusion have met twice this year with Pittsburgh getting a 23-14 win in the season opener and a 40-18 win in Cleveland on May 26th.
This will be the last chance to watch the team at home for the year. Fans are encouraged to rail support in big numbers for the hometown team this weekend. Tickets are available at the gate.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR
The National Women's Football Association has announced that tickets for the 2007 FOOTBALL PALLOOZA are now on sale. The tickets are on sale through ticketmaster and are $15.00 if ordered prior to the game on Saturday, July 21st. At the gate, tickets are $20.00. The game will be held at White's Creek High School.
In addition to the 7th Annual World Championship Game on July 21st, there will also be a Player's Reception on Friday, July 20th at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. The event is open to the public and tickets are $20.00. These tickets are available by calling (615) 860-4084. There is a limited number of tickets available for this event.
photos Janos Schmidt