VANTAA, Finland — Team USA has reached the finals of the second Women's World Championships of American Football after pool wins over Sweden and Germany.
The U.S. opened play with an 84-0 win over Sweden Sunday.
The U.S. rolled to a 46-0 lead at the half, adding 31 points in the third quarter. The sole U.S. score in the final period on a 14-yard fumble recovery by Hesston native Katie Sowers, who finished with two solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. She also had a 27-yard punt return.
Sister Liz Sowers caught two passes for nine yards.
The U.S. held a 536-33 advantage in total offense. Sweden lost five turnovers. The U.S. had just one.
Odessa Jenkins led the U.S. in rushing with 106 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns. Cassey Brick and Sami Grisafe each added a rushing touchdown.
Grisafe hit 12 of 16 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Karen Mulligan hit eight of 11 passes for 65 yards and three touchdowns. Brick caught two touchdown passes. Brandy Hatcher, Adrienne Smith, Ashley Berggren and Jeanette Gray each caught a touchdown pass. Kimberly Klesse caught three passes for 56 yards to lead in receiving yards.
Marianne Gimhag led the Swedish offense with 11 yards rushing and 25 yards passing.
The U.S. celebrated Independence Day with a 107-7 win over Germany. The U.S. set a record for the most points in a world championship game, but it also was the first time a team scored on the U.S.
The U.S. scored first on a 31-yard pass from Grisafe to Gray, followed by a Smith two-point conversion run. Fourteen seconds later, Germany scord on a 34-yard run by Joan Osagie with Ann-Katrin Schmitt hitting the PAT kick.
The U.S. rolled from there, scoring 38 more points in the first quarter and leading 60-7 at the half. The U.S. held a 498-44 advantage in total offense.
Katie Sowers had five interceptions, scoring on returns of 44 and 37 yards.
Brick rushed for 139 yards with two touchdowns. Jenkins added 86 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Liz Sowers scored on a 12-yard run. Hatcher, Klesse and Alexis Snyder each added a touchdown run.
Grisafe finished eight of nine passing for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Mulligan hit six of seven passes for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Nicole Vilarino, Gray, Smith and Hatcher each caught a touchdown pass.
Angela Larsen hit eight of 10 PAT kicks. The U.S. also scored on four two-point conversions.
Osagie and Sarah Walther each had 21 yards rushing to lead the German offense. Germany used three quarterbacks, but gave up six interceptions.
The U.S. didn't punt in the game, scoring on all but two possessions — the end of the first half and the end of the game.
The U.S. meets Canada at 11 a.m. Saturday in the gold medal game. Canada reached the finals with a 50-0 win over Spain and a 34-12 win over host Finland.
Sweden and Spain will meet for fifth place. Finland and Germany will meet in the bronze medal game.
The U.S. downed Canada 66-0 in the first World Championships in 2010.