WFA 2022 Preview – Pittsburgh Passion Take On The Detroit Venom

By Larry Snyder

Pittsburgh, Pa – Followers of the Pittsburgh Passion (3-1-0) are ready to get their tailgate on as the Women of Steel are at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium Saturday, May 21, to confront the Detroit Venom (3-2-0). This matchup starts with the coin toss at 6:00 p.m.

Last week the Black and Gold rebounded from their road loss to the Boston Renegades and claimed a 35-6 victory in the heart of Ohio against the Columbus Chaos at Whitehall Yearling High School.

First-year quarterback Alyssa George kept the Pittsburgh offense humming with one rushing score, two passing touchdowns, and 151 throwing yards. Wide receiver Jana Meister hauled in both touchdowns and 51 receiving yards. Rookie standout Marcelina Chavez contributed 76 yards on the ground plus a trip to the end zone, and Brandy Polinick also delivered six points rushing.

Sophia Pagan, Emalee Tunney, Jacqueline Cook, Kimberly Zubovic, and Kaitlain Niedermeyer kept the Chaos defense off-balance with their robust play along the offensive line. They continue to get better each week as a unit.

Looking back at the season opener in Detroit, defensive coordinator Erik Keister saw his crew rack up four sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, and five pass deflections over the Venom. Hannah Daman, Devon Peace, Niaja Brokaw, Jasmin Jones, Rebecca Ehrgood, Ashley DiCicco, Meize Gardner, and Erica Moore hold the key to another dominating performance at West Allegheny High School this week.

Per The Pittsburgh Passion Twitter Account…


Detroit comes to the Steel City enjoying a two-game winning streak. They shut out the Columbus Chaos 21-0 on Saturday, May 7, and last week overpowered the Derby City Dynamite 35-14. On Saturday, April 23, their other victory was against the Capital City Savages, 21-12.

Venom head coach Andre Harlon turns to Grand Valley State University alumnus Alexandria Gorcyca at quarterback to spark the offense. She helped the team to collect 85 points over five matchups. Clarissa Tullis is the leading rusher and wide receiver Destinee Russell handles the majority of Gorcyca’s passes.

The linebackers Diana Lenaway, Jasmine Hamilton, Sydney Blahnik, defensive back Tayler Russell, and free safety Kaci Cunningham are prepared to slow down the Passion attack. Sarah Monte is in charge of the placekicking and punting duties.


Weather: Keystone prognosticators believe the daytime high should be 89 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms could occur in the evening with a low of 68. The outlook is a 50 percent chance of rain as the winds blow in from the south to the southwest at five to ten mph.

Tickets: Let your mouse do the walking and choose your seats for Passion home games online.

Updates: Twitter At @pghpassionFB – Facebook At PittsburghPassion – Plus the Score Stream App

NEXT UP: The Black and Gold finish the 2022 regular season Saturday, May 28, with the home fans at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium. The opponent coming to the City of Bridges for a 6:00 p.m. kick-off is the long-time rival, the D.C. Divas (2-2-0).

From The Columbus Chaos Women’s Football Team YouTube Channel – Complete Replay Of The 35-6 Loss To The Pittsburgh Passion…

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