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GAME RECAP: Tacoma Trauma @ Portland Fighting Shockwave - Sat May 7th, 2016
by Katelyn Bailey
The Portland Fighting Shockwave (4-0) hosted the Tacoma Trauma (1-2) Saturday night in their first match up of the season. Heading into the game, Portland's defense had allowed only 11 points in four games and was looking to notch a fifth consecutive win. Having just come off back to back losses against the Seattle Majestics, Tacoma was ready to duke it out for a win.
Portland took possession in the first quarter after an opening kick off from Tacoma but was forced to turn the ball over on downs. The Portland defense responded with a four and out, allowing the offense to put together a red zone drive. With 4 minutes left in the 1st quarter, #24 Rebecca Dawson took the pitch down the left side of the side line and found the end zone. After an unsuccessful 2 point conversion, Portland's defense made quick work of Tacoma's rushing game, putting the offense back onto the field for another drive. In position for 4th and goal, Tacoma's defense increased their momentum and got the stop on the goal line, forcing a turnover on downs on the 1 yard line. But again, Portland's defense responded with a huge tackle from #14 Erin Miller, resulting in a safety. After the safety, Tacoma's kick off is scooped up by none other than #14 Erin Miller, who heads down the right side line until being forced out at the Tacoma 30 yard line.
With another chance for a 2nd quarter offensive drive, #24 Rebecca Dawson rushed down the right sideline and finds the end zone for the 2nd time, creating a 14-0 lead. Not wanting to give Tacoma any chance at a momentum building drive before halftime, the Fighting Shockwave special teams unit recovered an onside kick as #85 Nicole Vilarino beat everyone else to a pooch kick down the right sideline. A brilliant pass from #21 Veronica Ferguson to #36 Tess Bair and another successful rush from Dawson puts Portland into the red zone but time ran out in the 2nd quarter before finding the end zone.
Coming back from halftime, Portland kicks off and another successful onside kick from the special teams unit puts the offense on the field at the Tacoma 42 yard line. A successful drive down the field ends with a QB keeper from #9 Hollie Petrie who breaks multiple tackles before finding the end zone. #36 Tess Bair followed it up with a successful PAT, creating a 21-0 lead early in the third.
Portland's defense continued their smothering assault on the Tacoma ground game and keeps Tacoma scoreless through the rest of the third quarter. Portland mixes up a combination of rushing from #36 Tess Bair and receiving from #19 Breanna Griggs to get their fourth score of the game after Bair rushes from the 1 yard line. She follows up the play with a successful PAT.
Another opportunity for the Tacoma offense yields a 8 yard sack from #14 Erin Miller, forcing 4th and 15 for Tacoma. The snap is fumbled and the ball turned over to Portland on the Tacoma 41 yard line. Portland's offense puts together another successful end zone drive using a back to back reverse and double reverse, before sending #24 Rebecca Dawson up the middle. With a 34-0 lead late in the 4th, the Fighting Shockwave defense continued their domination and left Tacoma facing a 4th and 20, which resulted in Portland gaining possession of the ball on the Tacoma 33 yard line. A huge pass from #21 Veronica Ferguson found #82 Casey Hilton wide open in the right corner of the end zone for the final Portland score of the game. Portland's defense successfully held Tacoma scoreless for the rest of the fourth quarter, resulting in a 41-0 win for the Fighting Shockwave.
In holding the Tacoma offense to no score, the Fighting Shockwave defense gets their third shut out game of the season. Allowing only 11 points in 5 games also puts the defense in first place in the country on points allowed. Not to be outdone, the vicious combination of air and ground game moves the Portland offense into third place in the American conference with 206 points scored. Portland continues their quest for the playoffs with a home match up next week against the Everett Reign (0-4).
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