Followers of the Pittsburgh Passion watched their team assemble a record of 6-2 during the 2017 regular season in the Women’s Football Alliance. The Black and Gold reached the postseason for the tenth time since 2007, winning in the first round 34-14 at home against the Atlanta Phoenix, before leaving in the second round with a 45-0 loss on the road to the Chicago Force.
The Women of Steel took to the gridiron for the first time in 2002, and hold three National Championships in 2007, 2014 and 2015. They went unbeaten in each of those championship drives.
Pittsburgh’s dominant offense assaulted the scoresheet in 2017 with 320 points over the eight-game regular season, a 40.0 points per contest average. They were not shut out once during the regular season. The tenacious defense yielded 147 points, an 18.4 PPG average. The Women from the City of Bridges finished eighth last July in the final Massey Ratings.
Head coach and co-owner Teresa Conn’s crew return to play their home games at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium, part of the West Allegheny High School in Imperial, Pennsylvania.
For the 2018 campaign, the Passion opens on the road Saturday, April 7, against turnpike rival, the Cleveland Fusion. The Black and Gold rejected the Brown, Orange, and White 36-20 in the third matchup of last season.
Passion supporters can fill the stands for the home opener Saturday, April 21 when the Women of Steel face the Boston Renegades. The Women of New England edged Pittsburgh 33-28 in Week 6 at James R. O’Connor Stadium in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Long-time playoff adversary, the D.C. Divas come to the Burgh Saturday, April 28, followed on Saturday, May 5 by the Detroit Dark Angels. The Women from our Nation’s Capital claimed a single-point win at home in Week 7, 35-34 against the Passion. Pittsburgh put up 72 points that went nearly unanswered in Week 4 last season when they defeated Detroit 72-6.
After a three-game road trip, the Black and Gold wrap up their season back home Saturday, June 9, with a rematch against Cleveland. The three remaining road opponents in addition to the Fusion are the Columbus Comets, the Toledo Reign, and a replay versus the Divas.
Last time the Passion faced the Reign was April 2016 in Toledo and came away with a 28-0 triumph. Pittsburgh grounded the Comets twice in 2017 by scores of 30-19 and 17-3.
2018 Pittsburgh Passion Schedule:
Saturday, April 7th – AT Cleveland Fusion – Season Opener (Start Time: TBA)
Saturday, April 14th – Bye Week
Saturday, April 21st – Vs. Boston Renegades – HOME OPENER – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28th – Vs. D.C. Divas – HOME – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5th – Vs. Detroit Dark Angels – HOME – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12th – AT Columbus Comets (Time TBA)
Saturday, May 19th – AT Toledo Reign (Time TBA)
Saturday, May 26th – AT D.C. Divas (Time TBA)
Saturday, June 2nd – Bye Week
Saturday, June 9th – Vs. Cleveland Fusion – HOME – 6:30 p.m.
WFA Playoffs Begin Saturday, June 16
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