NY Sharks Lose Heartbreaker To Sacramento Sirens
The New York Sharks women’s football team blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Sacramento Sirens defeated the Sharks 29-27 in the Independent Women’s Football League Championship last Saturday night. For the second consecutive year, the Sharks fell to the Sirens and this loss will haunt them for a long time.
When Monica Marsh scored on a 7 yard touchdown run to make it 27-14 with 1:54 left in the third quarter, it seemed that the Sharks would finally beat the Sirens and capture the championship. It was not meant to be.
On a humid 90-degree night in Sacramento, the Sharks got on the scoreboard first. QB Val Halesworth led the Sharks on a long drive and found Jen Blum for an 8-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead.
Sacramento came back as RB Julie Wicher dominated on the Sirens’ next two possessions. Wicher scored on a 13-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 6-6 in the second quarter. Two minutes later at the 11:37 mark, Wicher shed Sharks’ tacklers to score on a 70-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 12.
Halesworth would once again lead the Sharks to two scoring drives in the quarter. It was later found out that Halesworth had broken her thumb in the first quarter and only told head coach Ruben Sanchez about her injury.
RB Monica Marsh gave the Sharks a 19-12 on a three-yard run and gave them a 27-15 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run to end the fourth quarter.
The Sharks defense, which has been a strength all season, wilted in the California sun. The Sirens quickly cut the deficit to 27-22 on Leilani Lemary’s 2-yard touchdown run. Instead of running the ball, the Sharks kept passing the ball and were intercepted at their 25-yard line.
Michelle Kahler gave the Sirens a 29-27 lead and the win with a 20-yard touchdown run. For Rockaway players Lori DeVivio and Anne Perissi, the dreams of a championship will have to wait until next year.