It was a wet and windy day as the Kansas City Tribe took the field at Winnemac Stadium in Chicago. The weather played a role in the game from the initial play, when Leslie Gent lost the ball after an impressive kick-off return to midfield. The Force recovered the ball at their own 49 yard line. Jessica Springer advanced the ball to the 11 yard line off a series of runs before mishandling a direct snap, ironically recovered by Gent. The Tribe in turn, failed to capitalize on the turnover, and the Force retook possession of the ball.
The teams traded two additional series before Springer broke away on a 45 yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. After the PAT, the force led 7-0. After an incomplete pass, Schmidt was forced into a 10 yard sack. On the next play, she hit Melissa Piper in the flat for an 18 yard completion. However, on fourth and short, the Force defensive line came through immediately and Schmidt was had to throw the ball away. Chicago took possession on the Tribe 38 yard line.
The Force continued to run the ball with Springer and secondary tailback, Brandy Hatcher. They faced a 4th down and 5 from the Tribe 20 yard line. A well executed play action pass to tight end Kim Marks resulted in the second score of the day. After the failed 2-point conversion, the Tribe trailed 13-0 with 30 seconds remaining in the initial quarter.
In the inaugural play of the second quarter, QB Jenny Schmidt connected with Regan Campbell for an 18 yard gain to the Force 34 yard line. A couple plays later, Schmidt again found Campbell for a 28 yard gain, which resulted in a first and goal from the 5 yard line. Graves eventually powered it in from the 3 yard line, and Amanda Sweeten connected on the PAT despite a roughing the kicker penalty on the Force, which was assessed on the ensuing kick-off, to make the score 13-7.
The Tribe looked primed for a comeback when Katie Sowers picked off Chicago quarterback, Sami Grisafe on a fourth down play. However, the squad was unable to capitalize on the turnover and the Force took over on downs. Springer once again found the endzone on a six yard TD run. After a failed conversion, the Force led 19-7.
The Tribe offense took to life once again as Schmidt connected with Regan Campbell and Larisha Graves. A pass interference call took the Tribe in the red zone, where Schmidt ran the ball in from the 1-yard line with a minute remaining in the first half. Sweeten added the PAT and the Tribe trailed 19-14 going into half time.
The Force's initial drive of the second half stalled out almost identically to the initial drive of the game when Springer again fumbled inside the redzone and Gent recovered. History continued to repeat as the Tribe failed to produce points on the turnover, and Chicago took possession at their own 30. The continued ground attack of the Force set up a 1 yard quarterback sneak at the end of the third quarter. After a successful 2-point conversion, the Force increased the lead to 27-14.
Graves took the short kick-off 30 yards to the Force 32 yard line to end the third quarter. On the first play of the offensive series, Schmidt scrambled and found Katie Sowers down the middle of the field for a 23 yard completion to the Chicago 9 yard line. Two plays later, she connected with Liz Sowers in the endzone. The Tribe missed the point after, and the score stood at 27-20.
The Force responded with another series of runs, culminating with a third Springer touchdown with just over six minutes remaining in the game. After the PAT, the Force held a 34-20 lead.
After penalties forced the Tribe deep into its own territory, Schmidt found Lara Guscott across the middle of the field on back-to-back plays to move near midfield and then connected with Melissa Piper for a 37 yard play to take the Tirbe to the Force 28. Schmidt kept the ball on the next two plays to make it to the 4-yard line. She ended the scoring drive with a quick toss to Katie Sowers for the touchdown. After the blocked extra point attempt, the Tribe trailed by 8, with the score standing at 34-26.
The Force turned the ball over on downs, and the Tribe offense took the field with 45 seconds remaining on the clock and no timeouts. Despite completing three passes for 40 yards, time expired on the clock as the Tribe made it into Force territory.
The Tribe returns to action on May 14th at Center High School to face the 3-1 St. Louis Slam. The Slam suffered their only loss to the Force this season as well.