United States racks up 107 points in a Fourth of July blowout against Germany

On the day which celebrates the United States independence, the national women’s team gave their fellow countrymen another reason to celebrate. A 107-point performance paved the way for the United States to advance to the gold medal game of the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championships.

A 46-point effort in the first quarter was all it needed to put the game out of reach. With a drive that only took 54 seconds, quarterback Sami Grisafe connected with Jeanette Gray for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Of note, the two are teammates with the Chicago Force in the Women’s Football Alliance. Adrienne Smith of the Boston Militia ran in the ball for the two-point conversion.

The German contingent quickly replied with their own touchdown; the first-ever scored against the United States in the history of the event. On the first play of their possession, Joan Osagie shredded the US defense and ran to daylight for a 34-yard touchdown. Linebacker Ann-Katrin Schmitt pulled double duty as kicker for the German team. She would kick it through the uprights for an 8-7 score.

 It would be the closest that Germany would get to the US on the scoreboard. The US retaliated with a drive that lasted one minute and 32 seconds. Brandy Hatcher, one of nine players from the Chicago Force on the US team had a two-yard run to give the US six points.

After Odessa Jenkins got the two-point conversion, Germany quickly faced a nine-point deficit. German quarterback Gabriele Duvinage was unable to generate an offense on their next possession. The first play resulted in a pass that was picked off by Katherine Sowers of the Kansas City Titans. Of note, her sister Elizabeth is also a member of the US team.

Capitalizing on the turnover, Grisafe and Smith connected on a 15-yard pass to add to the US lead. From there, the US would continue to benefit from Sowers presence in the backfield. For the second consecutive possession, Duvinage was intercepted by Sowers.  Unlike the first interception, which was only returned for two yards, Sowers had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown.

With a 32-7 lead, the United States only needed one play on their next possession to make it 39-7. Grisafe found Force teammate Hatcher as part of a 40-yard touchdown pass. Of note, the play only consumed 12 seconds. As the clock wound down in the first quarter, the US managed one more touchdown as Jenkins had a 26-yard scoring run.

In the second quarter, the United States scored two touchdowns and both were running plays of more than 20 yards each. Jenkins would run for a 25-yard score with 9:33 left in the quarter, while Cassie Brick of the San Diego Surge would get the last touchdown of the half. Her 36-yard run scorched the beleaguered German defense as the US had a 60-7 advantage at halftime.

Jenkins would score the first US touchdown of the third quarter. It would not only mark her third touchdown of the game, but she managed to score at least one touchdown in the first three quarters of the game.

Her 22-yard run was part of a seven-play drive that lasted three minutes and 11 seconds, the longest drive of the day. The score would come off a German interception. With Anjouly Effyerth at quarterback, the 23-year old was intercepted by Sowers, as she had her third pick of the day.

Handling the reins at quarterback for the US was New York Sharks field general Karen Mulligan. The 36-year old completed a two-yard touchdown pass with Nicole Villarino of the Portland Shockwave.

A mere 15 seconds later, Alexis Snyder of the Phoenix Phantoms scored for the US juggernaut. The touchdown came as a result of the US defense recovering the fumble from German running back Johanna Frankenberg. With 70 seconds remaining in the quarter, Ricarda Regler, the third German quarterback of the game, was intercepted by Sowers. She would return the pick 37 yards for her second touchdown of the game.  

Overwhelmed and overmatched, the German defense could not contain the US offense in the fourth quarter. Three different US players would score touchdowns in a time span of only six minutes and 50 seconds. Elizabeth Sowers would join her sister on the scoreboard as she had a 12-yard run with 10:05 remaining in the game.

Brick would score her second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run. Once again, the US capitalized on a turnover as Sharon Vazquez from the Pittsburgh Passion intercepted Regler. With Angela Larsen making the conversion, the US had now scored 100 points in the contest.

On Germany’s next possession, Sowers had her fifth interception of the game. She picked off Regler at the German’s 47-yard line. With 3:15 remaining, Kimberly Klesse of the Columbus Comets scored the final touchdown of the game on a drive that took only 17 seconds.

Of note, US field goal kicker Angela Larsen converted nine point-after attempts. With her nine points, she outscored the German team. Katherine Sowers earned the game’s Most Valuable Player honors for the United States with five interceptions and two touchdowns. German running back Joan Osagie was given the nod for her team.

Canada opens 2013 IFAF Women’s Worlds with shutout victory over Spain

In their opening game of the 2013 IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vantaa, Finland, the Canadian contingent was facing a team from Spain that already had one loss. With the Spaniards making their international debut, the squad had yet to score a point.

Canada jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter. The first touchdown came on Canada’s opening drive. With a drive that only needed four plays and 39 yards, Julie David capped it off with a nine-yard run for a touchdown. Lara Guscott, the only Canadian on the squad playing for a club team based in the United States (the Kansas City Blitz of the Independent Women’s Football League) got the conversion.

As Spain’s offense sputtered in the first quarter, Canada quickly regained control of the ball. David was the answer once again, as she had a five-yard run for the 13-0 advantage. Having helped the Saskatoon Valkyries claim the 2013 WWCFL championship, she is looking for another title with Canada at the IFAF Worlds.

With 1:30 left in the quarter, Canada got on the board with their first receiving touchdown. A pair of Montreal Blitz players, quarterback Saadia Ashraf and running back Sophie Roy connected for the touchdown.

Special teams contributed to the two Canadian touchdowns in the second quarter. David returned a kick 70 yards for the 28-0 advantage. Although Spain had two long drives in the quarter (including a surprising 50-yard drive that resulted in a goal line stand), difficulties converting on third down nullified their efforts. Near the end of the quarter, Spain punted and Julie Paetsch (also of the Valkyries) returned it 35 yards for the touchdown. Having suffered with a knee injury for most of the WWCFL season, Paetsch’s comeback with Canada is an admirable one.

With a 35-0 lead going into the third quarter, Canada enjoyed an insurmountable lead. Spain continued to rely on the running game as the passing game was not effective. Despite keeping Canada’s defense on the field for long periods of time, the lack of experience showed. Its inability to convert on third and fourth downs prevented them from scoring.

As there were only 42 seconds left, Mallory Starkey of the Regina Riot punched through the Spanish defense for a one-yard score. Guscott would run in the ball for the two-point conversion. With Spain facing a 43-point deficit, they would play the fourth quarter for pride.

Although Spain relied on the running game again, their offense was showing signs of life against a Canadian defense that was facing fatigue. A 37-yard drive consumed more than half of the quarter. Once again, Starkey would emerge as the story of the second half for Canada. A 47-yard run by Starkey resulted in a touchdown, providing Canada with the 50-0 lead. Of note, Canada’s drive only used up 51 seconds.

While Spain was unable to score their first touchdown of the tournament against Canada, players such as Del Carmen Arroyo Moreno and Azucena Munoz Martos played valiantly on offense for Spain. As the Spaniards managed to win the battle in time of possession, It may help provide Spain with confidence as their next match is in the fifth place game. Julie David was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the Game for Canada, while Spanish defensive back Veraya Romero Coronas earned the nod for Spain.

Canada’s next opponent is the host country Finland. The winner of the match will proceed to the gold medla game where they will likely meet the United States for the right to be called world champions.

2013 IFAF Women’s Worlds provide convincing victories in opening days

With the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Football Championships kicking off on July 1, the United States are looking to repeat as world champions. Fans in Vantaa, Finland witnessed several games on the first day, including the beginning of the United States quest towards a golden finish.

Host country Finland had the honor of playing the opening game of the event. They would win by convincing fashion in a 47-0 whitewash of Spain. With the 2013 edition of the Women’s Worlds marking Spain’s debut, the squad endured growing pains.

Contested at ISS Stadium in Spain, Finland jumped to a 16-0 lead after one quarter of play. Finnish quarterback Tiina Salo logged the first touchdown of the game with Janina Virtanen converting the extra point. She would contribute to the second touchdown with a pass to Sari Kuosmanen. Before the first half would expire, Elina Seppala added a score for the 22-0 advantage. Kuosmanen would extend the lead over Spain with her second touchdown of the game.

Facing a 28-0 halftime deficit, Spain was not able to comeback. Jenni Linden scored the initial touchdown of the second half for Finland. In the second half, Jutta Luhtala was handling the extra point conversions for the host Finns.

Linden’s score was followed by Janna-Jemina Seiels who provided Finland with a convincing 41-0 lead. Before the second half would expire, Linden logged her second touchdown of the day as Finland prevailed. Salo was named Player of the Game for Finland, while Raquel Diaz Garcia earned the nod for Spain. Finland’s next opponent is Canada, the defending silver medalist.

In a convincing 84-0 defeat of Sweden (the country which hosted the inaugural Women’s Worlds in 2010), the US set the tone for the remainder of the event. Having never lost a game at the IFAF level, the US has extended their undefeated streak behind three touchdowns by Cassey Brick.

Competing with the San Diego Surge of the Women’s Football Alliance, Brick would log the first touchdown of the game. Adrienne Smith, Odessa Jenkins and Jeanette Gray would follow suit with their own scores to provide the US with a convincing 32-0 lead.

Brick would follow with another touchdown as Sweden was unable to mount an offensive attack. Jenkins would log her second touchdown of the game for the 46-0 advantage as the game was now clearly out of reach.

Quarterback Samantha Grisafe, who competes with the Chicago Force in the WFA, (and is also a recording artist) would run in for a touchdown as the US boasted a 54-0 score. Brick, who played against Grisafe in the 2012 WFA National Championship game, added to the lead for her third and final score of the game.

Remaining touchdowns were scored by Brandy Hatcher, Ashley Berggren and Kathrine Sowers for the 84-0 final. Grisafe was named as Player of the Game for the US while Emma Bendorf was Sweden’s selection as Player of the Game. The US will attempt to extend their undefeated streak with a Fourth of July clash against Team Germany.

On July 2, the German contingent was successful in their contest against Sweden.  Prevailing by a 25-14 score, Susanne Erdman made the difference. She had a career day with 20 carries for a remarkable 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. While Sweden provided a valiant effort, their offense sputtered throughout the day.

Erdman was recognized as Player of the Game for Germany, while linebacker Frida Er-Terlecki earned the nod for Sweden. With the 0-2 start, Sweden will compete in the contest to determine fifth and sixth place.