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May 14, 2010 > Bandits looking to stay hot

Bandits looking to stay hot

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Bay Area Bandits are headed back to Southern California for another clash with a Western Conference foe from the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL) on Saturday, May 15, this time against the Tier I Los Angeles Amazons.

Both Bay Area and Los Angeles sport 3-1 records heading into the game, with both clubs riding three-game win streaks. Extending the win streak to four is something Bandits General Manager Neda Mohammadi wants to achieve, but she knows it won't be simple.

"We are half way through our season and need to continue to keep the winning streak alive," said Mohammadi. "This game against LA is going to be a true test of our strength as a team. The Amazons have a powerful run game and our defense is going to need to stay focused and shut down the run early.

"Our offense is growing as a unit each week," added Mohammadi. "Our offensive line is healthy again and holds the key to opening up our running game against one of the strongest defenses we are going to see this season."

For Bandits coach Jim Goulden, it's all about the defense picking up its play.

"Defensively we are getting much stronger but are not at our full potential," said Goulden. "The goal of a defense is to shut an opponent out of the game. Until we reach that goal, the defense must get better then we are at this time."

Los Angeles' attack will most likely focus on handing the ball off to one of its three solid running backs. Stopping those backs is the key to victory, according to Goulden.

"The Amazons have a great back field with three solid runners," said Goulden. "They have speed on the edge that we must stop if we are to win this game."

Bottom line, according to coach Goulden, football is a game for hard workers, and that's what the Bandits are. If they keep up the pressure as they have in the previous three games -- all wins -- the streak will extend to four.

"We train very hard so that it's very hard to beat us," Goulden said. "We feel that if we take the game to them and don't let up for four quarters we will win."

Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m. in Los Angeles. Log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website, www.tricityvoice.com/sports, to find out if the Bandits extended the streak, and pick up the Tuesday, May 18, edition of TCV to read the full recap.

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