CHILL, ERLER SURPRISE BUT ULTIMATELY FALL SHORT IN SEATTLE, 55-36
The Green Bay Chill had high expectations entering Saturday night’s game in Seattle. Coming off a disappointing 1-3 season, the Chill were hoping to start 2013 off right with an upset win on the road in the most hostile building in the LFL, the ShoWare Center. Despite being a huge underdog, the Chill started their bout with Seattle in exciting fashion, matching the Mist blow for blow in the first half.
After Seattle’s rookie running back Mele Rich drew first blood with a touchdown on their opening drive, Green Bay’s Anne Erler came right back at Seattle, running all the way from midfield through the Mist defense for a touchdown. The Mist took two more scores on the legs of LaShaunda Fowler and Shuree Hyatt to open up their advantage to 20-6 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. However, under the confident arm of Anne Erler, the Chill fought back with two touchdowns of their own pulling to within two points to end the half trailing 20-18.
Shuree Hyatt, the eventual game MVP, earned her accolade with an exceptional 3rd quarter. She had two touchdowns this quarter as well as a crucial drive killing interception that knocked the Chill back into reality. The score was 35-18 to start the 4th, and Green Bay needed to find an answer quickly in order to keep things from getting out of hand.
The Chill emerged with just under 7 minutes in the game with a touchdown from their new big weapon Danielle Jorgenson only to have Seattle’s Jessica Hopkins find the end zone on the Mist’s next possession. Green Bay’s Anna Heasman ran into the end zone to try and build momentum, but again Seattle responded with a score of their own.
The Green Bay Chill were more than surprising in this game. Very few expected them to score as often as they did against this fast and revitalized Mist defense. Through sheer tenacity, Anne Erler and her Chill teammates kept things close for much longer than the ShoWare Center would have hoped. Unfortunately for the Chill, Seattle was just too relentless to keep up with. The Mist kept finding ways to score and demoralize the Chill for the remainder of the game, wrapping up a satisfying 55-36 win to start their season.
Green Bay will head back to Wisconsin in search of a way to hone in on the flashes of greatness that were displayed Saturday night. Meanwhile, head coach Chris Michaelson and his Seattle Mist will try and parlay their win tonight into a run at the Western Conference. The next test for Seattle, and perhaps their most important game of the season comes next month as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the 3-time reigning LFL champions on May 4th.