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Dominating Defensive Performance Pushed the Pittsburgh Passion to Victory in Carolina

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Contact: Chelsea Zahn

Dominating Defensive Performance Pushed the Pittsburgh Passion to Victory in Carolina 

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Passion kicked off the season tonight in their 100th game against the defending National Champions the Carolina Phoenix in Durham, North Carolina.
The first touchdown of the season came early when Passion Quarterback, Lisa Horton connected to Wide Receiver, Rachel Wojdowski in a 9-yard Touchdown Pass to give the
Passion an early 7-0 lead.  The first quarter also showcased the Passion’s defense and would continue throughout by ending the quarter 7-6.   After a Passion interception by Rookie, Defensive Back, Ashley Strawn, the Passion offense led by Horton began to roll.  Touchdowns by Wojdowski and Fullback, Kadesha Clark gave the team a lead.  The Passion led at the half 20-6. The second half started with an onside kick recovery by the Passion.  The game quickly turned into a battle of the defenses as both squads exchanged possessions in the second half. The Passion broke the goal line for one more rushing touchdown by Clark late in the fourth to make the final score Pittsburgh Passion 29 – Carolina Phoenix 6. 

Horton led the team with 215 yards passing and 2 touchdown connections both to Wojdowski.  The leading rusher of the night was Running Back, Ciara Chic with 72 yards. 
Clark added 44 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.  The receiving duo of Rachel Wojdowski and Amanda Haeg combined for 15 receptions for 190 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Linebacker, Octavia Griswold led the team with 7 tackles.   Ashley Strawn and Krissy Edmonds each had one interception and veteran player Beth Amato had a fumble recovery.  The Passion defense also got on the scoring act in the 4th quarter with Defensive Lineman, Kaitlain Niedermeyer tackling the Carolina Phoenix ball carrier in the end zone for a safety and contributed to 6 more tackles during the game.

The Pittsburgh Passion (1-0) will travel to Philadelphia on April 19, to take on the Philadelphia Firebirds in their week two match-up on the road. For more information, visit

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