WWC 2010: GERMANY WINS DEFENSIVE BATTLE AGAINST SWEDEN

Category: World Championship - published 2010-06-30 by

The German national team used their size and power to defeat determined underdogs Sweden 14-0 in the ultimate battle of defenses on Tuesday, June 29 at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden.
Germany, who had positive field position throughout the game created by their punishing defense, gave the ball to their experienced running back Susanne Erdmann of the Berlin Kobraswho produced both touchdowns for her team earning her Team MVP honors.
"Our defensive start is what really helped us today," said German defensive coordinator Daniel Koch. "The Swedish offensive line could not handle our pressure in the first half and we able to control the speed of their offense throughout most of the game."
The first half of play saw a grueling German defense not allowing Sweden to cross midfield until late in the second quarter. Germany's defensive line caused problems for quarterback Martina Karlsson throughout the game altering every play for Sweden. Germany finished with 11 tackles for a total loss of 49 yards with Simone Dietrich leading the team with eight tackles.
Sweden stayed in the game, only down by seven points at halftime, with some great defensive plays of their own stopping Germany on two third downs. Germany missed two field goal attempts in the first half from 36 and 33 yards. Sweden's defense was led by MVP Michaela Rowett who finished the game with five tackles including two sacks for a loss of 14 yards.

Germany put up the first points of the game when running back Susanne Erdmann, who powered her way downfield throughout the game finishing with 96 yards and two touchdowns, caught a punt and ran without hesitation giving Germany excellent field position on Sweden's 13-yard line late in the second quarter. On the very first play of the drive, Germany gave the ball back to Erdmann who took it down the middle untouched for the first touchdown of the game with 2:18 left in the half.
It looked like the game may tie up, when Emma Benndorf intercepted the German quarterback Gabriele Duvinage with less than ten seconds in the half and looked like she would to take it all the way but was stopped by the last German defender Michelle Schaffer. Sweden had the ball at the German 28-yard line with two seconds left but an incomplete pass ended the first half with Germany in the lead 7-0.
The second half started much like the first - with the German defensive line breaking through for back-to-back sacks quickly making it third and 15 for Sweden. After Germany recorded the third consecutive tackle for loss, Sweden was forced to punt on their opening drive of the second half.
The punt was almost recovered by Sweden on their own 41-yard, but Germany quickly pounced on the ball to start their first drive of the half. After another great defensive stand by Sweden, German was forced to punt but Sweden nearly lost possession fumbling the ball and getting pinned on the nine-yard line. With Sweden still unable to move the ball, they punted, giving German great field position starting at Sweden's own 36-yard line.
Germany quickly moved the ball nine yards on a strong run by Manuela Scott. With a quarterback sneak by Duvinage, Germany moved the chains to the 25 yard-line. Scott continued her power running fighting through the contact for a gain of 11 yards. But again, Sweden showed defensive quickness as Nina Kiviharju sacked the Duvinage for loss of six yards.
On fourth and 19 from Sweden's 23-yard line, Germany lined up to kick a 40-yard field goal but with an offside call pushing them back five yards, Germany's offense came back on the field. Pillan Plass, who finished the game with six total tackles, stopped Duvinage from getting the first down.
Sweden gained possession with 2:37 left in the third, but again could not move the ball and almost had a safety and punted the ball away.
Germany camped out in Sweden's teritory for the majority of the second half, but Sweden kept coming up with big defensive plays. Nadja Westerlund-Rebo's second interception of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave the ball back to Sweden on their own 11-yard line as the hosts continued to stay in contention because of their solid defense, going into the fourth quarter only down by seven.
But on Germany's next possession early in the fourth quarter, Erdmann took a punt return all the way to the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown as Germany doubled their lead with 11:38 left in the game after a good extra point by Duvinage. The remainder of the game saw the defenses trading a shared seven forced turnovers as the game.
Neither defense backed down, but ultimately it was powerful running of MVP Susanne Erdmann who propelled her German national team to victory and they now look ahead to facing Canada on Thursday, July 1 for a place in the first ever IFAF Women's World Championship gold medal game.

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