Colorado Cup was the perfect way for Heist to set the tone for our inaugural season. Overall we could not have asked for more from our team in terms of intensity on and off the field, and putting into place all the skills and strategy we have been working on for weeks. We saw a much cleaner performance than showed in our scrimmage against Pop just one week earlier. We also showed incredible depth and conditioning…we played an incredibly fast-paced game despite being in the altitude.
Saturday Pool Play
Game 1 vs. Midwest RevoLOUtion
Heist came out strong against a young Rev team, captained by Kansas standout Christy Cheung and WashU Alum Kate “Deuce” Wilson. Rev handlers took advantage of lax defensive intensity, swinging the disc nearly at will. Heist struggled to pick up the intensity; however, we were able capitalize on nearly all of the Rev turnovers (whether we generated or they were unforced). Offensively, we were very clean and began to really establish chemistry on and off the field. Result: Heist over RevoLOUtion, 13-4.
Game 2 vs. Molly Brown
Knowing that we needed to improve over our great start in the morning, we came out all cylinders firing. Our defensive intensity and ability to convert on O earned three breaks. After being up 4-1, Molly Brown fought tooth and nail to get back into the game, cleaning up offensively. With some adjustments, Heist maintained poise carrying the momentum into halftime, taking half 7-6 over the home team. Out of half, we were able to connect quickly, with numerous Georgia hucks to open downfield receivers. Rachael and Biz were consistently open whenever we needed them to be. Marks were broken left and right. After getting some more breaks, we closed out the game with a huge W over a quarter-finalist from 2011. Result: Heist over Molly Brown, 13-11.
Game 3 vs. Schwa
Heist continued to carry the momentum into the next round vs. Portland’s Schwa. After trading to open the game, Heist pulled away with defensive intensity and clean O. Langland had a walk-off hammer to Courtney in the endzone, and stalled a Schwa player on her next point played. Standout effort from our Nebraska all-star. Heist gets another win. Result: Heist over Schwa, 13-4.
Game 4 vs. Viva!
Viva! (L.A). came off of a bye, looking strong. Viva’s offense really relied on putting deep looks to space. Their intensity caught the tired Midwesterners off guard. Heist pulled away with the game, with good, chilly O, and generated turns on D. Result: Heist over Viva, 13-7.
Sunday Bracket Play
Quarter-Finals vs. Jack Wagon
Jack Wagon beat Viva in pre-quarters, and we knew we had to come out strong right away to dictate the pace of the game. We were able to take advantage of deep pulls on D to pressure their O immediately. Heist went up 5-0 before Jack Wagon was able to answer. Making plays on both sides of the disc, we looked clean, crisp and intense (just like our cheers). We cruised to a big win to take us into semis. Result: Heist over Jack Wagon, 13-4.
Semi-Finals vs. Schwa
Scwha had a huge momentum run out of half in their quarter-final game vs. Underground. They scored 3 straight breaks out of half to put the game away, and came out all-cylinders firing against us. We were able to go up early, with our O looking powerful. As we opened the deep game, we had a few points with more turns than we were used to, but overall fairly clean. Schwa made some adjustments and scored a couple of breaks in the second half; however, we were able to put the game away by converting on turns generated from some high-intensity defensive plays. Heist over Schwa, 13-7.
Finals vs. Molly Brown
Well, not a whole lot to say, other than lightning cancelled the finals. We caught our flights and returned home as the only undefeated team still left in the competition. We really wanted to face Molly Brown again, but it will have to wait for another time.