Oak Park female football player a force on the field

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

OPRF High School graduate Melissa Smith ('97) helped lead the Chicago Force, a women's tackle football team, to an undefeated record of 8-0 during the regular season.

Smith, a running back and linebacker, helped the Force outscore their opponents 425-34 during the regular season.

The Force, who have also rolled through the playoffs thus far, take on the Boston Militia in the semifinals on Saturday (July 21) for a chance to play in the Women's Football Alliance Championship at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, scheduled for Aug. 4 and to be broadcast on ESPN3.

Smith, who has played football for five years, works as a supervisor at Hephzibah in Oak Park. 

To read a story about Smith published in 2008, click here

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Matticks Family from Oak Park  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 1:13 PM

You go, Miss Melissa! We love you! Go Force!

Laona from Oak Park  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 10:48 AM

You go girl! We love you Miss Melissa -- you rock!

Jen from Chicago Force Football  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 2:24 PM

FYI, the game IS on Saturday but the date is the 21st.

Jen Purrenhage  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 12:08 PM

Woo-hoo Melissa!

Kathleen Lee from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 11:42 AM

Go Ms. Melissa! We love you. Congrats!

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