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Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:00

Portland is the only city in the United States with two teams in the 42-team, 12-division Women’s Football Alliance, which has members in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
But, as they prepare for their 2014 rematch May 10 at Hillsboro Stadium, neither the Portland Shockwave or the Portland Fighting Fillies acknowledges the other as a rival.
“We stray away from that,” says Asia Wisecarver, coach of the Fighting Fillies. “We like to just talk about playing our game no matter what. Caring about (a rivalry) can get in your head.”
Shockwave running back and vice president Rebecca Dawson says her team has a more contentious rivalry with the Seattle Majestics, a Shockwave foe since 2002.
Portland Shockwave running back Rebecca Dawson slips past Portland Fighting Fillies
defensive lineman Terina Bissell on her way to a short gain in the first quarter
of their recent game at Milwaukie High. 
“We’ve been battling the Majestics since Day 1,” Dawson says. “I would say that’s our biggest rival.”
The Majestics, Everett Reign, Tacoma Trauma and Utah Blitz are in the same division as the Shockwave and Fillies.
The Fillies, who have four coaches, range in age from 19-year-old Heather Wood to 53-year-old Monique Harris. They had a 5-3 record last season.
The Shockwave, also 5-3 a year ago, have five coaches. Their youngest player, Emily Smith, is 22, and their oldest player is Megan Vanden Berg, 47.
The Shockwave beat the Fillies 20-14 April 12 at Milwaukie High, which is the (Fillie's) home field. The Shockwave pounded the ball for two early touchdowns, then staved off a Fillies second-half comeback.
“We fought really hard,” Wisecarver says. “We kept getting better as the game went on. It was a good learning opportunity.”
Shockwave coach Stewart Demos says his team tried some new things in the second half, including more work on the passing game. “We didn’t execute enough to score,” he says. “We were just off. It’s a matter of learning.”
Demos says the Shockwave are the superior Portland team simply because his players have been playing football longer than the Fillies. Eight Shockwave players, including Dawson, have been on the field for at least seven years.
Wisecarver says two-thirds of her team are rookies.
“It’s going to be a whole different team by the end of the season (in June),” she says.
Dawson says she always has been a football fan, “so when I found out there was a team, I was like, ‘Oh, let’s try it.’ Many years later, I’m broke down and still going.”
Demos says both Portland teams would be better off combining to form a super team that could contend for a WFA title.(And that’s not including the Hillsboro Hammerheads, who play in the International Women’s Football League).  “I think it is ridiculous that we have two teams,” he says. “If we combined them, they would be so much more competitive on the national level.”
Both teams, though, say Portlanders should show their support.  “Give us a shot,” Dawson says. “I won’t lie — we aren’t as fast-paced or as aggressive as the men — but most people who come out for the first time are surprised, like what they see and come back.” Tori Lopez, a five-year veteran on the Fighting Fillies, says she has received similar comments from friends.


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written by DAVID BALL
 MILWAUKIE — The Portland Fighting Fillies were a few first downs away from scoring the winning touchdown Saturday night when Portland Shockwave linebacker Leah Hinkle lowered her shoulder and brought the come back to a shattering stop.

Trailing 20-14, the Fillies took possession at their own 36-yard line with 5:38 on the clock. It was make or break time.

The Fillies moved the chains on solid back-to-back runs through the middle by C.J. Wilson before a holding penalty stalled the team out at midfield. Quarterback Cassie Dunsire pulled down the ball on 3rd-and-12 and sprinted around the edge before getting knocked out of bounds five yards short of the marker.

Facing 4th-and-5, Dunsire took a quick three-step drop with her eyes downfield before giving the ball up on a delayed hand-off. Wilson charged through the middle a few strides before running into a brick wall. Hinkle wasn’t fooled by the deception and had anchored herself in the middle of the field, lowering a shoulder into the ball carrier and burying her into the turf two yards short of the first down.

“We had to keep our wits about us and make the right reads — stay home, stay disciplined,” Hinkle said. “We were definitely feeling the pressure to make a stop.”

The Shockwave took over and ran out the clock when QB Veronica Ferguson used a hard count to draw the Fillies offsides on 4th-and-1. Running back Rebecca Dawson set up the short fourth-down chance with a 13-yard scamper around the left side on the previous play.

The Shockwave (1-1) is off next week before travelling to Tacoma (0-2) on April 26. The Fillies (1-1) play at Tacoma this coming Saturday.

The Shockwave got off to a quick lead after finding the end zone on its opening drive. Tess Bair hauled in a 14-yard catch over the middle on 3rd-and-2, and Dawson followed with a 15-yard run around the left side. The drive continued with Keky Duren powering through the middle for 10 yards to convert a 3rd-and-7. The team called Duren’s number twice more to plunge over the goal line.

The Shockwave was on the move again moments later after kicker Michelle Petty looped the ensuing kickoff into a hole in the Fillies’ coverage 30 yards downfield. Teammate Nicole Vilarino rushed onto the scene and beat two purple shirts to the ball, sliding to the turf to recover it while being careful to stay inbounds.

“I saw it bouncing on the field and went all out to get there,” Vilarino said. “That was a momentum changer. I gave us the field position to go in and score again.”

Ferguson turned the play into points when she kept the ball around the left side for 3 yards on a 3rd-and-goal play.

The Shockwave were up 14-0 before the Fillies had the chance to hike the ball.

The Fillies tried to answer by driving to the 5-yard line before Shockwave tackle Crystal Steinmueller met the ball-carrier at the line and knocked her back to stop the Fillies on 4th-and-1.

The Fillies would get onto the scoreboard early in the second quarter when Erin Miller cut through the middle of the field to pick off a pass on 4th-and-12. She never broke stride on her way 28 yards to the end zone.

The Shockwave answered with a length-of-the-field drive that took almost 10 minutes off the clock. Dawson carried most of the load and plunged in from 1-yard out to give her team a 20-7 halftime lead.

“When you come out and run right at somebody it forces them to make adjustments and it’s a slap in the face when you’re able to run it like that,” Dawson said.

She finished with 29 carries for 151 yards, highlighted by a long-gain of 23 yards in the first half.

The Fillies got back within striking distance early in the fourth quarter after escaping a difficult 3rd-and-20 jam. Dunsire found Ashley Kondziela for 14 yards over the middle, setting the stage for a manageable fourth-down, which Dunsire picked up with a 12-yard scramble around the left side.

Latasha Mitchell followed with an 11-yard burst around the left side, setting Dunsire up for a keeper through the middle to bring the Fillies within six points with 10:37 to play.

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