By Derek Fleming, Staff Writer, WNFC
When the San Diego Rebellion took the field Saturday against the Los Angeles Legends, the team knew it would have a battle on its hands. Cachrelle Nguyen was ready for the challenge, helping lead her team to a shut-out victory and stopping any chance that the Legends would establish a run game.
Nguyen finished the day with a combined six tackles and the Rebellion held Los Angeles to a paltry 24 yards on the ground, putting immense pressure on the Los Angeles passing game. Even then, Nguyen was a wrecking ball, forcing the game's only turnover with a strip-sack of the LA quarterback.
“It’s always a fun time when you get on the field,” Nguyen said. “I’m a very different player than I was when I played with some of the players I played against this week. It’s always good to be a better player than the last time seeing someone.”
Nguyen said that the strip-sack is something she has been practicing.
“Something I’ve been working on as a defensive player and as a linebacker is not just getting the hit, but also my ability to strip the ball,” Nguyen said. “It was a milestone for me, with the things I’ve been working on in practice and training on my own, it’s always good to be able to relate that onto the field.”
Her coaches said that Nguyen is a hard-working athlete that puts her hard work to use on the field.
“A true team member on and off the field,” said linebackers coach Darren Edwards. “She embodies what it means to be a player for the team rather than the individual. She is a student of the game in her preparation, coachability, and the trust of her teammates around her. Her play continues to develop and we expect even more out of her in the future.”
Nguyen has been one of the leaders on the Rebellion defense and is a key reason for the team’s 3-0 record.