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Force roars past Slam
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times
2012-05-09

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After the St. Louis Slam grabbed a one-point lead early in the second quarter, the roof caved in for the visitors—or the host Chicago Force finally heard the alarm clock.The Force then scored 43 straight points en route to a 57-14 win on Saturday, May 5, in Evanston. With the win, the Force improves to 4-0; the Slam drops to 2-2.

"This was a big win for the team, but definitely showed areas where we need improvement, such as, containing on defense," said Force owner Linda Bache. "We definitely have a lot of room for improvement, but it was a good overall team win."

Melissa Smith continued to be Chicago's offensive juggernaut. She scored rushing touchdowns of 21, 1, 1 and 9 yards—all in the first half.

Samantha Scurto had a 39-yard interception return touchdown in the third quarter, while defensive standout Darcy Leslie forced a third quarter fumble, recovered the loose ball, then scampered in for the 29-yard touchdown.

Albi Zhubi and Mary Choules also had touchdowns for the Force.

At halftime, the team celebrated its 10-year anniversary and inducted Bache and Pam Schaffrath as the inaugural members of the team's new Hall of Fame.

"It's a huge honor, especially going in with Pam," Bache said.

The Force plays host to the West Michigan Mayhem Saturday, May 12. Kickoff is at 5 p.m., at Lazier Field, located on the campus of Evanston Township High School.


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