A local women’s football team is preparing for the playoffs. The Keystone Assault finished their regular season with a 7-1 record in the Independent Women’s Football League. The Assault is in their fifth year and will play in the second round of the postseason. With only 18 members on the active roster, these ladies do whatever it takes to earn a victory.
“We call ourselves little team, big heart,” said Mary Pratt. She’s a center, plays on the defensive line and is one of the team owners. “It seems like last year we made the first round of the playoffs as well. This year, we have less players and are making the second round of playoffs.”
Sarah Engelsman is in her first year with the team. “I miss that team aspect from college,” she said. “I played on college sports and I saw that they were playing. They are a close team. I like that dynamic and these girls are great. It’s everything I hoped for, it really turned out to be a great experience and I’ve learned a lot so far this year.” Engelsman is learning on the fly as the team’s running back, middle linebacker and kicker.
The Assault host the Montreal Blitz at the In the Net Complex on July 20th.