2015 Around the WFA
[For the third straight year, I produced several “around the WFA” segments where I took a look at games taking place around the league each week. These “around the WFA” wraparounds from 2015 are archived below.]
Around the WFA – The Women’s Football Alliance brings women’s football fans another season of great gridiron action starting this weekend, with a full slate of 17 games scheduled for April 11…The D.C. Divas begin their 15th season by renewing their rivalry with the powerful Columbus Comets…The Divas and Comets share a division this season with the Cleveland Fusion and Central Maryland Seahawks, who are scheduled to square off in Baltimore Saturday…The Miami Fury, reigning champions of the southeast region, will kick off their 15th season by hosting the expansion Daytona Waverunners…The Chicago Force have 99 wins in franchise history, and they’ll look to become the third active women’s football team with 100 victories when they host the West Michigan Mayhem…The Detroit Dark Angels will pay a visit to the Indy Crash, winners of last season’s inaugural Alliance Bowl.
In the west, the St. Louis Slam make a welcome return to women’s football after a one-year hiatus with a contest against the Minnesota Machine…The Austin Outlaws, who captured the 2014 Southwest Division championship by clipping the Houston Power, 8-7, in last year’s regular season finale, open the 2015 campaign in Houston…Two new contenders in the WFA’s American Conference face off when the expansion Dallas Elite take on the Arlington Impact, a new arrival from the IWFL…The Seattle Majestics and Everett Reign both head south to invade Portland Saturday, as the Majestics square off against the Fighting Fillies and the Reign tackle the Shockwave…The Pacific Warriors, who are returning to women’s football after a one-year absence, travel to San Diego to battle the Surge, the defending conference champions.
Around the WFA – The Boston Renegades, comprised of many players and coaches from the reigning national champion Boston Militia, make their franchise debut Saturday with a home game against the Central Maryland Seahawks…The greatest women’s football rivalry in Ohio is renewed when the Columbus Comets host the Cleveland Fusion. The Comets hold a 9-4 edge all-time in 13 games against Cleveland, but the Fusion won both meetings against Columbus last season…Last Saturday the Chicago Force became just the third active team in women’s football to claim 100 wins with a lopsided 64-0 victory over West Michigan. The Force will look for win #101 in Detroit versus the Dark Angels…The Indy Crash, fresh off an exciting 18-14 victory at home over Detroit last week, hit the road to face the Derby City Dynamite…Last year, the Tampa Bay Inferno carried a 7-0 record into their regular season finale against the Miami Fury, but the Fury upset Tampa Bay with a 14-2 victory to capture the South Atlantic division crown. The Inferno get their first shot at revenge this weekend when Miami comes to town…After dispatching Derby City on the road, 34-10, the Atlanta Phoenix square off against the always-tough Jacksonville Dixie Blues in their 2015 home opener.
In the west, it’s an inter-conference matchup when the Minnesota Machine host the National Conference’s West Michigan Mayhem in their first ever meeting…The powerful Dallas Elite make their much-anticipated home debut against the South Texas Lady Crushers…After claiming a convincing 42-0 victory last weekend over Austin, the Houston Power will try to go two-for-Texas when they welcome the Arlington Impact…The Kansas City Titans, reigning champions of the Midwest region, open their season Saturday in Little Rock against the Arkansas Wildcats…For the second straight week, the Everett Reign face a foe from Portland when they make their home debut against the Portland Fighting Fillies…Congratulations to the Arizona Assassins, who snapped a 23-game losing streak last weekend with a decisive 26-6 victory over the Ventura Wolfpack. Before Saturday, the Assassins’ last victory was also a 26-6 triumph, over the Pacific Warriors in 2011. In what is already turning out to be a special season, the Assassins will seek their second straight victory in 2015 on the road against, coincidently, the Pacific Warriors…Taking over the mantle of the Las Vegas Showgirlz, the Sin City Sun Devils make their WFA debut Saturday against the San Diego Surge, who appear to be in championship form after a 73-31 victory over Pacific last weekend.
Around the WFA – Two playoff rematches highlight WFA National Conference action this week…Last season, the Cleveland Fusion held off the Indy Crash in a thrilling wild card playoff game, 38-32. The Crash and Fusion renew acquaintances Saturday…In similar fashion, the West Michigan Mayhem held off the Derby City Dynamite last year in an exciting wild card playoff game, 30-22. West Michigan and Derby City clash this weekend as well…The Miami Fury look to rebound from a tough 21-13 loss to Tampa Bay this weekend when they host the Orlando Anarchy…The Jacksonville Dixie Blues seized the lead in the North Atlantic Division with an impressive road victory last weekend over the Atlanta Phoenix, 24-16. The Dixie Blues will try to maintain that momentum Saturday on the road against the Daytona Waverunners.
In the west, the Minnesota Machine host an inter-conference contest for the second straight week when the National Conference powerhouse Chicago Force pay a visit…In perhaps the game of the week, two of the top teams in the entire Midwest region collide when the Dallas Elite head north to battle the Kansas City Titans…The St. Louis Slam returned from a one-year hibernation with a victory over Minnesota last weekend. The Slam make their first road trip of the year Saturday when they face the Tulsa Threat…The Acadiana Zydeco, who narrowly remained undefeated last weekend with a two-point victory over Tulsa, will shoot for a 3-0 start against the Arkansas Wildcats…The Arlington Impact and Austin Outlaws will battle Saturday as both teams jockey for position in the Southwest Division…The Seattle Majestics, who topped the Portland Fighting Fillies in their 2015 opener, 20-0, will try to improve to 2-0 against the Fighting Fillies in the season’s first rematch…The Tacoma Trauma finished last season with an 0-8 record, but they got 2015 started with a bang by defeating the powerhouse Portland Shockwave, 39-18. Tacoma opens their home schedule with a visit from the Utah Blitz…The Pacific Warriors posted the most lopsided victory of the season with a 77-0 triumph over Arizona. But they’ll face a stiff test this weekend with a road game against the Sin City Sun Devils…The Central Cal War Angels will hit the road for the first time this year and look to continue their strong season when they face the Ventura Wolfpack.
Around the WFA – Two of the top teams in the National Conference collide when the D.C. Divas travel to Boston to face the Renegades…The West Michigan Mayhem host the Detroit Dark Angels, the ninth meeting between these two instate rivals. Detroit won both games against West Michigan last season by a combined total of five points; those two victories gave the Dark Angels the all-time series lead over the Mayhem, five games to three…The American Conference’s Minnesota Machine square off against an eastern team for the third straight week when they meet the Indy Crash…The only remaining undefeated team in the Southeast Region, the Tampa Bay Inferno, seeks to improve to 3-0 when the Inferno host the Daytona Waverunners…The Atlanta Phoenix travel south for their first ever meeting against the Orlando Anarchy.
In the American Conference, a great Midwestern rivalry is renewed when the St. Louis Slam take on the Kansas City Titans…The Acadiana Zydeco will try to stay atop the Gulf Coast Division with a game against the Houston Power…The Dallas Elite look to run their record to 4-0 and become the first WFA team to reach the halfway point of the season undefeated when they host the Austin Outlaws…The Arlington Impact, fresh off of consecutive shutout victories, seek to maintain their momentum against the South Texas Lady Crushers.
On the West Coast, the Tacoma Trauma are 2-0 and one of the surprise teams in the nation this season. They host the Portland Fighting Fillies, who have won four straight against Tacoma…The Seattle Majestics, tied with Tacoma atop the Pacific Northwest Division, battle the Utah Blitz, while the Everett Reign and Portland Shockwave square off in a key divisional matchup…The Central Cal War Angels are 2-0, having outscored their two opponents this season, 144-0. They look to make it three straight in their first meeting against the Sin City Sun Devils…Under the leadership of head coach Bobby Hosea, the Pacific Warriors are not only learning how to tackle but learning how to win. The Warriors, one of the pleasant surprises in the sport this year, have won two straight games by a combined score of 123-0; they travel to Temecula to face the West Coast Lightning…The defending American Conference champion San Diego Surge have compiled an incredible 33-1 regular season record over the last five seasons. They’ll look to build on that stat when they host the Arizona Assassins.
Around the WFA – The Chicago Force are 3-0, having outscored their first three opponents by a combined total of 201-0. They look to reach the halfway point of the season undefeated when they face their division rivals, the 3-1 Indy Crash…The WFA’s second-longest running rivalry adds another chapter when the Cleveland Fusion visit the Columbus Comets. The Fusion hope to improve to 4-0 on the season when they take on the Comets in the 15th all-time meeting between these two teams…The Detroit Dark Angels host the Derby City Dynamite, as both teams look to get their first win of the season in the tough Great Lakes Division…The Tampa Bay Inferno will try to improve to 4-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the Southeast Region when they go on the road to face the Atlanta Phoenix in one of the Southeast’s top rivalries. Atlanta and Tampa Bay have split four games against each other in the all-time series, with all four games decided by eight points or less…The Miami Fury look to remain in contention for the South Atlantic Division championship when they square off against the Daytona Waverunners.
In the Midwest Region, the Kansas City Titans, led by identical twins Liz and Katie Sowers, held off rival St. Louis last week in an entertaining contest, 27-17. They’ll attempt to keep the momentum going this week when they host the Tulsa Threat…The St. Louis Slam look to rebound from last week’s loss when they travel to Minnesota for a rematch with the Minnesota Machine…The Dallas Elite are certainly that, improving to 4-0 last week and having outscored their opponents by a combined score of 254-14. They host the Arlington Impact, who have claimed three straight shutout victories since a loss to Dallas in their season opener…The Houston Power will try to improve to 3-1 when they face the Arkansas Wildcats in Little Rock…The Austin Outlaws and South Texas Lady Crushers battle in Corpus Christi, with both teams looking for their first win of the year in the powerful Southwest Division.
In the west, the 3-0 Seattle Majestics attempt to reach the season’s midpoint undefeated after a road game against the Everett Reign, who are fighting for position in the Northwest Division…The West Coast Lightning and Arizona Assassins square off for the lead in the Pacific South Division…Either the Sin City Sun Devils or the Ventura Wolfpack will earn their first victory in franchise history when the two teams clash Saturday…In perhaps the game of the week, the Central Cal War Angels visit the San Diego Surge in a battle of two of the top teams in the American Conference. The Surge and War Angels each sport 3-0 records and have outscored their six opponents this season by a total score of 408-55.
Around the WFA – Congratulations to the seven teams – the D.C. Divas, Cleveland Fusion, Chicago Force, Dallas Elite, Seattle Majestics, Tacoma Trauma, and San Diego Surge – that have reached the midway point of the 2015 WFA regular season with an undefeated record…The D.C. Divas will play their long-awaited 2015 home opener when they host the Columbus Comets…The undefeated Cleveland Fusion face their stiffest test of the season yet when they host the powerful Boston Renegades…The Indy Crash narrowly topped the Detroit Dark Angels in their season opener by an 18-14 score. Indy travels to the Motor City for a rematch with the Dark Angels Saturday…Two outstanding games between Southeast Region contenders take place this weekend. Fresh off of a hard-fought victory over Tampa Bay, the 3-1 Atlanta Phoenix travel south to meet the 3-1 Miami Fury, who are looking to notch a statement win over a Southeast Region contender…The 3-1 Jacksonville Dixie Blues square off against the only team to hand them a loss this season, the 3-1 Tampa Bay Inferno. The Inferno topped Jacksonville in their season opener in Tampa, 17-9, and the Dixie Blues will look for revenge as they make their long-awaited 2015 home debut.
In the Midwest Region, it’s East meets West when three American Conference teams battle National Conference foes. The National Conference’s Chicago Force, who have outscored their first four opponents, 263-7, host the 3-1 Kansas City Titans of the American Conference…The American Conference’s Minnesota Machine look for their first win when they travel east to play the 3-1 West Michigan Mayhem of the National Conference…The 3-1 St. Louis Slam of the American Conference try to add another victory to an impressive comeback season when they take on the National Conference’s Derby City Dynamite…The Austin Outlaws captured the first victory of their historic 15th season with a 56-0 win over South Texas. They look to turn that win into a winning streak against the visiting Arkansas Wildcats…The Acadiana Zydeco try to remain at the top of the Gulf Coast Division standings when they host the South Texas Lady Crushers…The Dallas Elite have obliterated their competition by a 320-12 score so far this season. They face their biggest remaining hurdle to an undefeated regular season when they host their division rivals, the Houston Power, in Dallas’ home finale of the 2015 regular season.
In the west, the most anticipated battle in the Pacific Northwest this season takes place Sunday when the 4-0 Seattle Majestics return to their old stomping grounds to face the 3-0 Tacoma Trauma. The Majestics, who were known as the Tacoma Majestics for four seasons before moving to Seattle in 2006, have outscored their opponents so far this season, 214-6. The Trauma, on the other hand, are having a Cinderella season; after compiling a 1-15 record their first two years, the undefeated Trauma prepare to host the biggest game in franchise history…The WFA’s only inner-city rivalry goes another round when Portland’s Fighting Fillies and Shockwave do battle…The Utah Blitz try to earn their first win of the season when they host the Everett Reign…The 3-1 Pacific Warriors have outscored their last three opponents, 211-2. They’ll try to win their fourth straight when they host the Ventura Wolfpack Saturday…The Arizona Assassins are having their best season since 2011 and look to stay on top of the Pacific South Division when they take on the Sin City Sun Devils…The reigning American Conference champion San Diego Surge, buoyed by a strong 66-26 victory over Central Cal last weekend, begin the second half of their regular season against the West Coast Lightning.
Around the WFA – With three weeks remaining in the WFA regular season, several key matchups will take place this weekend as teams jockey for playoff bids and positioning…The D.C. Divas (5-0) travel south to Atlanta to face the Atlanta Phoenix (3-2) in a key inter-regional contest…The Boston Renegades (2-1) square off against the Chicago Force (5-0) in a showdown of two of the National Conference’s top teams. The Force and the Renegades’ predecessor, the Boston Militia, have claimed each of the last five Eastern Conference championships…The Cleveland Fusion (4-1) look to rebound from their recent 24-20 loss to Boston when they head to the Motor City to battle the Detroit Dark Angels…The West Michigan Mayhem (4-1) will try to remain in line for the Northeast Region’s final playoff spot as they take on the Derby City Dynamite…The Tampa Bay Inferno (3-2) look to snap a two-game losing skid and remain in the chase for the Southeast Region title with a road contest against the Daytona Waverunners.
In the west, the Kansas City Titans (3-2) and St. Louis Slam (4-1) will face each other next weekend in a huge Midwest Region showdown. But first the Titans must deal with the Minnesota Machine while the Slam host the Tulsa Threat…The Houston Power (3-2) fight for their playoff lives in a Southwest Division showdown with the Arlington Impact (3-2)…The longest-running rivalry in women’s football adds yet another chapter when the Portland Shockwave (3-1) tackle the undefeated Seattle Majestics (5-0)…The Tacoma Trauma (4-1) will try to bounce back from their first loss of the year and remain in the playoff hunt when they visit the Everett Reign…The Pacific Warriors (4-1), looking to continue their strong comeback season, host the Central Cal War Angels (3-1) in a highly-anticipated Pacific West contest.
Around the WFA – Playoff berths and playoff seedings will be on the line tomorrow in several games around the Women’s Football Alliance. Four teams that have essentially clinched playoff spots – the Dallas Elite, Seattle Majestics, Central Cal War Angels, and Arlington Impact – as well as one strong playoff contender, the Atlanta Phoenix, are all in action this weekend against non-playoff contending teams. Should Dallas, Seattle, Central Cal, Arlington, or Atlanta stumble, it could make their playoff journeys much more difficult. However, all five are favored in their contests Saturday.
Meanwhile, there are six games between playoff contenders taking place this weekend, and all six could have a dramatic effect on the WFA playoff picture. Here, then, are the six biggest games of the penultimate weekend of the WFA’s 2015 regular season:
#5 Cleveland Fusion (5-1) @ #1 D.C. Divas (6-0)
Maybe the weekend’s biggest game in terms of playoff implications, the Fusion travel to DC to take on the Divas in a game that will largely decide the Mid-Atlantic Division title. This contest has enormous stakes attached to it. The Mid-Atlantic Division champion will likely host the first two rounds of the playoffs against Southeast Region teams, while the runner-up will be left to battle it out with the Boston Renegades and Chicago Force in the upper half of the National Conference playoff bracket.
The D.C. Divas are currently the league’s top-ranked team, largely due to their 32-27 victory over Boston earlier this year. Cleveland, on the other hand, suffered their only loss this season to Boston, a narrow 24-20 defeat that came down to the game’s final minutes. A battle of top-five teams with a division title hanging in the balance will certainly be a game worth watching.
#6 Chicago Force (5-1) @ #12 Indy Crash (4-2)
Five teams will make the playoffs from the Northeast Region, and four teams – the D.C. Divas, Boston Renegades, Cleveland Fusion, and Chicago Force – have all but punched their tickets. The fifth playoff team from the region is still undecided, but the Indy Crash have the inside track at the moment. Indy is trying to fend off the West Michigan Mayhem and Columbus Comets for the region’s final playoff berth, and their game Saturday against the Chicago Force could help seal it for them.
The Force are heavily favored to bounce back from their first loss of the season – an overtime loss to the Boston Renegades – and defeat Indy for the second time this year. But that means this game is something of a “no-lose” proposition for the Crash…they won’t be penalized for a lopsided loss, but a better-than-expected showing against powerful Chicago could boost their resume enough to clinch the region’s last playoff spot.
#14 Columbus Comets (1-5) @ #13 West Michigan Mayhem (5-1)
The importance of this game is extremely easy to understand. As mentioned above, the Comets and Mayhem are battling the Indy Crash for the final playoff slot in the Northeast Region. This, then, is a playoff elimination game – the winner will enter the final weekend of the regular season with an outside shot to unseat the Indy Crash for a playoff berth, while the loser of this game is effectively eliminated from the playoffs.
It may seem surprising to see the Columbus Comets here with a 1-5 record, but their five losses this year are all to three top-flight teams – the D.C. Divas, the Cleveland Fusion, and the IWFL’s Pittsburgh Passion. Because of their tough schedule, the Comets are still in the playoff chase against a 5-1 Mayhem squad. West Michigan is a five-point favorite over Columbus is what is expected to be a very competitive playoff-elimination game.
#15 Miami Fury (5-1) @ #9 Jacksonville Dixie Blues (5-1)
Four teams – the Jacksonville Dixie Blues, Tampa Bay Inferno, Miami Fury, and Atlanta Phoenix – are jostling for three playoff spots in the WFA’s Southeast Region. That makes this weekend’s meeting between the Fury and Dixie Blues a critical one for both teams.
The Jacksonville Dixie Blues are currently the region’s highest-rated team, with wins over Atlanta and Tampa already this season. A victory over Miami would complete the season sweep of the region’s other three contenders and put Jacksonville in a strong position to host a first-round playoff game.
The Miami Fury are locked in a tight battle with the Atlanta Phoenix for the region’s final playoff spot. Who wins that race could come down to how each team performs against Jacksonville, as the Phoenix get another shot at the Dixie Blues next weekend. The Miami Fury are looking for a signature victory to lock themselves into the playoffs and possibly even move up in the pecking order in the region.
#20 Kansas City Titans (4-2) @ #21 St. Louis Slam (5-1)
This should be a terrific, competitive game between two playoff teams in the Midwest Region, considering that Kansas City handed St. Louis their lone loss earlier this year, 27-17. St. Louis is a three-point underdog as they host the rematch, a game with major playoff implications.
The Kansas City Titans are currently seeded #3 in the region behind the Arlington Impact. A big victory over the Slam could catapult them into the second seed in the region, giving them the right to host the Impact in the playoffs rather than travel to Arlington to open the postseason.
On the other hand, the St. Louis Slam hold the #4 seed in the region. A victory over Kansas City could allow them to swap places with the Titans for the #3 seed in the region. While that would still force the Slam to travel to Texas for the opening round of the playoffs, it would give them the Arlington Impact as an opponent rather than the region’s top seed, the Dallas Elite. Both St. Louis and Kansas City would prefer to avoid the Elite in the opening round, as Dallas is dominating opponents by an average score of 65-2.
#3 San Diego Surge (6-0) @ #8 Pacific Warriors (5-1)
For the San Diego Surge, their mission is simple. San Diego is currently the top-rated team in the American Conference, and they have two tough opponents on the road to close out the season. Strong performances in those two games should lock up home field advantage for the Surge all the way through the American Conference playoffs.
Thanks to a 38-34 victory over the Central Cal War Angels last weekend, the Pacific Warriors have effectively clinched a playoff spot and hold a slight edge over Central Cal for the #3 playoff seed in the Pacific Region. An excellent showing against San Diego could give Pacific a boost past the Seattle Majestics into the region’s #2 seed, which would allow the Warriors to host an opening-round playoff game against the Majestics rather than traveling to Seattle. On the other hand, if Central Cal fares better against San Diego next weekend than the Warriors do Saturday, it could bump Pacific back down to the #4 seed and force them to take on the top-seeded Surge a round earlier than desired.
Around the WFA – It’s the final week of the 2015 regular season in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), and two playoff spots in the National Conference are still up for grabs. Moreover, several teams could move up or down a seed depending on their performances this weekend, which could drastically change (for better or worse) their playoff opponents and locations.
Here are the seven biggest games to watch in week 10 of the WFA season:
#3 Boston Renegades (3-1) @ #1 D.C. Divas (7-0)
This one is for all the marbles in the National Conference. The Divas and Renegades are ranked as the top two seeds in the East by a substantial margin, so both teams have all but clinched home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs. What’s at stake in this game is who has the conference’s #1 overall seed…in other words, who would host the National Conference title game should it come down to these two teams. The winner of this game will almost certainly finish at the top of the Massey ratings in the National Conference and gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
These two teams are very familiar with one another, given that D.C. and Boston have met in the playoffs each of the last six seasons. The Divas handed the Renegades their only loss of the year, a 32-27 defeat in Boston on May 2. These two teams will rematch in D.C. and add another chapter to arguably the hottest rivalry in women’s football.
#12 West Michigan Mayhem @ #6 Cleveland Fusion (5-2)
It is all but certain that the Cleveland Fusion will face the Chicago Force in the first round of the WFA playoffs. The Fusion are currently seeded to go on the road to play the Force, but it is possible that a blowout win over West Michigan coupled with a less-than-impressive performance by Chicago could bump the Fusion up in the seedings and move the location of the game to Cleveland.
The Mayhem, meanwhile, hold a razor-thin edge over the Indy Crash for the final playoff spot in the Northeast Region. The Crash host the winless Derby City Dynamite, a game they are widely favored to win, so the Mayhem need a good, impressive performance against the Fusion to hold off Indy and clinch a playoff spot.
#19 St. Louis Slam (6-1) @ #5 Chicago Force (6-1)
As mentioned above, the Chicago Force will almost certainly face the Cleveland Fusion in the opening round of the WFA playoffs. Chicago can clinch home field for their game against Cleveland with a solid win over the St. Louis Slam.
With their victory last weekend over the Kansas City Titans, the Slam now hold a very slight lead over Kansas City for the #3 seed in the Midwest Region. St. Louis is hoping for a competitive showing against the powerful Force in order to stay ahead of Kansas City in the rankings and avoid a matchup with the mighty Dallas Elite in the first round of the playoffs.
#14 Atlanta Phoenix (4-3) @ #9 Jacksonville Dixie Blues (6-1)
The competitive Southeast Region race finally comes to a close Saturday with two games between top contenders. The Jacksonville Dixie Blues have won six games in a row and are the top-ranked team in the Southeast Region. A win over Atlanta would clinch home field advantage for the Dixie Blues in the opening round of the WFA playoffs.
On the other hand, the Atlanta Phoenix currently occupy the third and final playoff spot in the region, which they hold by the thinnest of margins over the Miami Fury. Atlanta is fighting for their playoff lives and needs a victory over Jacksonville to ensure that Miami doesn’t leap over them and bounce them out of the playoffs by taking their spot.
#11 Tampa Bay Inferno (5-2) @ #15 Miami Fury (5-2)
Tampa holds the #2 seed in the tightly-packed Southeast Region. A win over Miami coupled with a less-than-impressive performance by Jacksonville could vault Tampa into home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. While it’s unlikely that a loss would allow Tampa to be jumped by both Atlanta and Miami – knocking the Inferno out of the playoffs entirely – a loss could certainly drop Tampa down to the region’s #3 seed, forcing them to play the D.C. Divas in the opening round instead of a Florida foe.
The stakes are equally as high for Miami, who are narrowly outside of the playoff picture at the moment behind the Atlanta Phoenix. Miami needs a good showing to retake the lead over Atlanta and snag one of the musical chairs at the playoff table when the music stops this weekend.
Tampa won the first meeting with Miami at home, 21-13, but the rematch in Miami is a pick ’em: neither team is favored in what might be the most even contest among this weekend’s matchups.
#7 Seattle Majestics (7-0) @ #22 Portland Shockwave (4-2)
A quick nod to the longest-running rivalry in women’s football…the Seattle Majestics and Portland Shockwave will meet for the 33rd time in their storied histories Saturday. Seattle will try to clinch the #2 seed in the Pacific Region and the right to host a first-round playoff game by finishing off a perfect regular season with an 8-0 record. The Shockwave have been eliminated from the playoffs but will look for rivalry-game bragging rights as they try to blemish Seattle’s unbeaten record.
#2 San Diego Surge (7-0) @ #10 Central Cal War Angels (4-2)
The San Diego Surge currently occupy the top seed in the WFA’s American (Western) Conference. San Diego’s position remains simple: a win nets them the American Conference’s #1 seed and home field advantage throughout the WFA playoffs.
The Central Cal War Angels, on the other hand, are playing for their playoff lives. The War Angels are slightly behind the Pacific Warriors for the #2 seed in the region, and unless the seedings change this weekend, Central Cal will be left just outside of the WFA playoffs. Central Cal needs an upset win or at least a very close showing against San Diego to jump Pacific and clinch the second playoff spot out of the Pacific Region.