AUSTIN CARRIES A TUNE OFFENSIVELY, BUT LACKS DEFENSE IN 56-28 LOSS TO LOS ANGELES
(AUSTIN, TX – June 25, 2017) Los Angeles improved to 2-0 with a convincing 56-28 win over now an 0-3 Austin team, that is vastly better than their record would indicates. Coming into the game, Austin was without several key pieces including starting center Steph Wickett as well as back-up center Brande Stolte, enter Nicole Stoffell who really struggled at times. The Acoustic were also missing one of their ‘Smurfs’, Michelle Marshall who accounts for a large percentage of touches for Austin’s offense.
Despite all the injuries an an 0-2 record coming into the game, the Acoustic were and are a confident bunch and its hard to argue against it. Teshay Winfrey leads the league in passing and her favorite target Kassandra Bills is the No.2 ranked receiver behind Atlanta’s Lauren Ziegler. Coupled with a head coach that is having a breakout debut season, turning around an expansion franchise that struggled in 2016.
The issue for Austin continues to be on the defensive side of the ball, lacking the size with Wickett and Stolte being out and their cornerbacks Bills and Melissa Romero being very soft, which is not a term you want as a defensive player. The defense gave up 56 points, albeit to a very good offense in Los Angeles.
The Temptation benched starting Quarterback Ashley Salerno in favor of Kiarra Patterson because of a reported altercation in practice between Salerno and Patterson that resulted in Salerno allegedly striking Patterson. Patterson played most of the first half, struggling outside of a 12 yard touchdown pass to ‘Scary’ Sherri Awagah. The Temptation mainly rode on the tires of the ‘F-150’, Carmen Bourseau who finished the half with 41 yards on 7 carries, for impressive 5.9 per carry average.
Defensively, Los Angeles came into the night as the No.1 ranked defense and for the most part, lived up to it, holding the explosive Austin offense to a mere 6 first half points. Despite middle linebacker Meghan Hanson playing on pain medication due to a severely chipped tooth. Hanson led the team in tackles for one half of play, despite the injury and medication. All-Fantasy cornerback Ogom Chijundu was also missing from the line-up due to a finger injury.
With Salerno returning under center late in the 1st half and into the 2nd half, Los Angeles out-scored Austin 35 to 22 en route to a 56 to 28 win to keep pace with the Seattle Mist in the Western Conference. The loss pretty much eliminates Austin from post-season contention.
Los Angeles next hosts the upstart Pittsburgh Rebellion (1-2) at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, CA) on Saturday, July 8.
Austin will wrap-up its 2017 season traveling to the Pacific Northwest to battle LFL powerhouse, the Seattle Mist (2-0) in one of the toughest places for away teams, ShoWare Center on Saturday, July 15.
|Passing Yards (Net)||81||133|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||40-253||34-147|