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May 21, 2010 > Bandits gearing for fifth straight

Bandits gearing for fifth straight

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

If you haven't heard about the Bay Area Bandits yet, perhaps it's time to do so. Fremont's own pro women's tackle football team are the Independent Women's Football League Tier II Western Conference leaders, riding a four-game win streak.

On Saturday, May 22, the Bandits (4-1) look to win a fifth straight game, taking on the Modesto Maniax at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium.

"The Maniax have a number of players that can create turnovers at anytime," said Bandits coach Jim Goulden. "We will continue to focus on making sure they do not get any big plays against us."

Focus isn't something that will come easy for the Bandits, coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over the IWFL Tier I Los Angeles Amazons. But Goulden is determined to keep the team focused on the task at hand.

"These players understand that they must stay focused no matter what situation arises," Goulden said. "I stated earlier in the year that each game will define who we are, and the game against the LA Amazons proved to the league that we are leaving everything on the field in every game we play."

Bandits General Manager Neda Mohammadi concurs with coach Goulden's sentiment.

"We had an amazing win last week, but now we are focused on our next opponent," Mohammadi said. "We have much more to accomplish and are taking the season one game at a time."

On April 3, the Bandits fell to the Sacramento Sirens on the road, 33-13. In each subsequent game, the team has both gotten better as a unit and won. And while there are just three games remaining in the season, they aren't looking ahead to a post-season berth.

"At this time we are not focusing on playoffs," said Goulden. "That would distract the team of where we want to be at this time. There will be plenty of time for that later."

"We lead our division, so of course we are looking ahead to playoffs, but we also know that our work is not done," said Mohammadi. "We have three games left and we are focused on securing those wins first."

And the Bandits will try to secure the first of those three games Saturday afternoon at Tak against the 1-4 Maniax, losers of three straight. Not only do the Bandits want the win, they have one goal in mind.

"Our defense is itching for another shutout," said Mohammadi.

"We need to continue to work on getting faster and stronger so that we can get defensive shutouts," said Goulden.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Tak.

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