USA WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM WINS FIRST EVER GOLD!
July 3, 2010, revised July 6, 2010
The United States won the first IFAF Women’s World Championship gold medal with a 66-0 victory over Canada at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden, today.
Courtesy video highlights of the game, produced by the Swedish football federation, are available here.
Earlier in the day, Finland won the Bronze medal with a 26-18 win over Germany, while on a good day for Scandinavia, host Sweden took fifth place overall by beating Austria 20-18.
USA Football’s Women’s National Team head coach John Konecki said afterwards, “Canada was an excellent team and we had to work hard to prepare and play against them. I feel honored to have coached Team USA. It is a remarkable group of women.”
Defensive Most Valuable Player Sharon Vasquez of the Pittsburgh Passion added: “It was amazing to win the gold medal. It was very emotional. We played an awesome team and it feels great to be in this moment.”
The United States now hold all IFAF tackle football world titles with the USA Football Women’s National Team joining their male counterparts, who won the senior crown in 2007 against Japan, and the juniors (aged 19 and under), who beat Canada to lift the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship.
A strong defensive start for Team USA forced Canada to punt on its first drive and the offensive powerhouses took over immediately.
On Team USA’s opening drive, Jessica Springer lined up in the wildcat and plowed her way through the Canadian defense for a first down to Canada’s 20-yard line. Giving the ball right back to Springer, she ran straight into the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown and with Emily Williams’ extra point USA went up 7-0 with 9:45 left in the first quarter.
The defensive pressure continued on Canada’s next drive as Jeanamarie Fisher of Portland Shockwave sacked Canada’s quarterback Saadia Ashraf for a loss of four yards quickly making it third and long. More pressure from USA forced Ashraf to throw the ball away as Canada punted.