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Force vs. 3rd Rd: Boston Renegades
Result: 33-47 L  
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Force vs. 2nd Rd: Pittsburgh Passion
Result: 45-0 W  
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Force vs. St. Louis Slam
Result: 44-20 W  
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Force vs. Boston Renegades
Result: 24-25 L  
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Force vs. Toledo Reign
Result: 52-0 W  
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Force vs. Minnesota Vixen
Result: 53-0 W  
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Force vs. D.C. Divas
Result: 28-21 W  
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Force vs. Detroit Dark Angels
Result: 84-0 W  
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CHICAGO FORCE vs. St. Louis Slam

Result: 29-7 W

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Force Slam Door on St. Louis

Chicago, IL. Normally, it’s too early in only the third game of the season to call it a statement game. When the Force and St. Louis Slam lined up for the opening kickoff, both teams had an identical 2-0 division record. This was the first meeting of these two franchises since the Force joined the Women’s Football Alliance for the 2011 campaign. When the final whistle was sounded in this almost three hour marathon, the Force cast their will on the Slam, with a convincing 29-7 victory on a sunny and breezing spring afternoon. The Force handed the Slam their first regular season loss in three years. “We knew that this was going to be like two heavyweight boxers slugging it out,” explained Head Coach John Konecki. “They (Slam) have good talent and an impressive undefeated streak. I’m pleased. We landed the knockout punch today.”

The Force got on the scoreboard first marching down the field thanks to the strong running of Jessica Springer, who finished with 163 yards on 29 carries including a seven yard touchdown. On second and goal, Quarterback Sami Grisafe, named Offensive MVP of the game (21 of 28 for 206 yards and 2 TD's) faked a handoff to Springer up the middle and found receiver Carolyn Lee in the right side end zone at the 14:05 mark of the second quarter. Lee scored two touchdowns on the day and added the extra point. The winning touchdown came at the 11:06 mark on a 2 yard run by Brandy Hatcher that was set up by an interception by rookie defender Emma Finestone at midfield. Finestone, who was named Defensive MVP of the game, is all of five foot and 110 pounds but fearless on the field, and made some impressive big hits, including a solo tackle on the Slam’s 200 pound plus running back. “Emma has done everything that we’ve asked of her at practice and continues to get better. She’s fun to watch," said Defensive Coordinator Chris Maniatis. “I’ve been the smallest most of the time my entire life,” said Finestone. “I don’t ever think like that. I compete with everyone”.

The Chicago defense gave up its first points of the season on a drive extended by a questionable pass interference call. There were contributions from many defensive players as Dorian Bridges, Sami Scurto and Melissa Whyms each had an interception, and DE Ashley Berggren had 5 tackles for a loss.

The Force host the Kansas City Tribe May 7 in the WFA Game of the Week. Kick- off is 4pm

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