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April 30, 2010 > Bandits return home

Bandits return home

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

Three weeks after winning its home opener (13-0 vs. Portland Shockwave), the Bay Area Bandits return back home on Saturday, May 1, to take on the Southern California Breakers at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium in Fremont.

Bay Area beat Southern California, 42-7, two weeks ago on the Breakers home field. Playing in its first season in the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL), the Bandits now stand at 2-1 and look to get right in the thick of things with a win this weekend.

"Although we had a large point spread in the last match up with the Breakers in So Cal," commented Bandits GM Neda Mohammadi, "we must continue to make necessary adjustments on both offense and special teams in order to secure a win this week at home.

Bay Area had ample time to make those adjustments to the team with a bye week last week. Mohammadi believes the extra week of training helped with the Bandits' focus.

"This last bye week was spent reviewing film and putting some new systems in place to keep the Bandits on track to clench our division," said Mohammadi.

Bandits coach Jim Goulden feels that the opening weekend loss -- a 33-13 throttling at the Sacramento Sirens -- helped the team develop. Since the loss, the Bandits have worked harder, and go for a third consecutive win this weekend.

"After the first loss of the season, we have learned that we can play hard against any team in the IWFL," said Goulden. "As a result, we have come away with wins."

Goulden expects his Bandits to be a "tough team to beat" this weekend with the extra week of practice. You can watch the Bandits go for its third straight win on Saturday, May 1, at Tak vs. the Southern California Breakers. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

For more information on the Bay Area Bandits, log onto www.bayareabandits.com; for complete coverage of the Bandits game, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website at www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

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