Force trying to go out a winner

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If you’re looking for competitive football in May, the Steelers highly regulated OTAs might not be powerful enough. But the Pittsburgh Force just might.

The Force, a women’s football team, is 4-1 and will play its final regular-season game at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Toledo Reign — the only team to beat the Force this year. Should the Force win, it will make its first trip to the Women’s Football Alliance playoffs since being founded in 2008.

According to coach, owner and co-founder Kathy Ferrari, the team’s success this year can be attributed to taking a one-year hiatus in 2013 and focusing on practices and scrimmages, rather than games. And although players are not compensated, plenty of women are eager to play, and their age ranges from 17 to 54. “We have mothers, students, everything,” Ferrari said.

This might, however, be the Force’s swan song as Ferrari plans to make this her final season with the team — although she made that same promise in 2012. Regardless of what happens, Ferrari is proud of what she and co-founder and CFO Craig McFeaters accomplished the past few years.

“We do what we do. We have fun. I’m glad we gave the opportunity to these girls because they never had a chance to play,” she said.

The Force plays its home games at William Campbell Field in Munhall, Steel Valley High School’s home field.Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with ID.


Hayes Gardner: hgardner@post-gazette.com, 859-806-3555 and Twitter @HayesGardner.

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