Revolution Comes From Behind Yet Again to Defeat Pride
by Niki Lesniak
Columbus, Ohio—Friday, May 10. Columbus Pride came out strong, leading against Medellín Revolution for most of the first two quarters, but wouldn’t be able to hold on.
Pride’s Sophie Knowles made it clear from the first point, when she got bookends, that she was not there just for the dance party warm-up (which happens, by the way, before every Revolution game). Knowles was an integral part of the Columbus offense, which dominated the first quarter with quick hit-the-first-option offense. Despite starting with a comfortable lead, Columbus’s offense was at times rushed with sloppy throws, which they luckily connected on, but which perhaps lulled them into believing they were going to be able to get away with them for the whole game.
Medellín seemed to have trouble adjusting to their new opponent as their play in the first quarter was riddled with miscommunication and poor timing. They started the game running a side stack offense, and their continuation cuts seemed to be made about two stall counts to early. Medellín made Columbus work for their lead, their defensive pressure causing a stall out when Columbus was up 4-2. The real playmaker for Medellín was Elizabeth Mosquera, who made excellent cuts to progress the Revolution offense and caught many of their points.
Towards the end of the first quarter, Medellín switched to a horizontal stack offense, which they cut more comfortably in. In the second quarter, they hit their stride and went on a run to eventually overtake Columbus. With the game tied at 9-9, Revolution’s Mosquera got a run-through D that denied Columbus a goal and her teammate Maria Forero heroically saved a Medellín possession when she grabbed a misthrow from the paws of two Columbus players. Valeria Cardenas caught the goal that gave Medellín their first lead, 10-9.
The second half of the game started with many turnovers as both teams wrestled to take control. Eventually the long first point out of half ended similarly to the first point of the game, with Sophie Knowles getting the D and throwing the assist. Nerves settled and each team delivered points of stellar offensive dominance. Sadie Jezierski stepped up for Columbus and made spectacular plays with her Ohio State University teammates Cara Sieber and Emily Barrett. For Medellín, many of their players took control of the second half. Mosquera and Forero performed shut-down defense and Yina Cartegena led the charge with Medellín assists. Although it didn’t show on the stat sheet, handler Valeria Cardenas was critical to the Medellin offense, especially in the red zone.
The game ended 18-16 with Revolution skirting ahead of Columbus despite Columbus’ early lead. The second half was a showmanship of ultimate with Columbus making long textbook throws juxtaposed to Medellin’s preferred game of small ball to work the disc up the field.
Niki Lesniak is an ultimate player currently residing in Maine, though originally from Seattle. She has been playing ultimate since 2005 in the mixed and women’s division and has played in over 25 different countries.