Rockford stars lead Chicago Blitz to X-League Women’s Soccer victory

Chicago Blitz quarterback Stephanie Raymond-Young battles for some of her 90 rushing yards in Saturday's 34-28 X-League win over the Seattle Thunder at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

ROCKFORD — Stephanie Raymond-Young said she didn’t know how to pitch when she was first picked to quarterback for the Chicago Blitz in a women’s indoor soccer league.

She threw five TD passes in her second game, a last-second 34-28 win over the Seattle Thunder on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center in downtown Rockford. The win secured a spot for the Blitz in the X-League’s inaugural season championship game.

“It was amazing,” said Raymond-Young, a former Rockford Lutheran and NIU basketball star, as she chatted with fans in the front row of the stands after the game. “I can’t describe how I’m feeling right now. Winning in my hometown with our community behind us…Winning with my family here. Getting the playoffs. It’s amazing. You can’t beat that feeling .”

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