Just as watching the 9th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game made me want to write about Lisi Lohre of Molly Brown, the 10th point made me want to write about Revolution’s Laura Ospina.
Ospina has been having a great game, and she makes important contributions to Revolution’s O line seemingly every time she touches the disc. I didn’t have a ton of time tonight, but I pulled down three examples of her play to study and learn from.
(1) Improving Revolution’s position
At the start of this clip Ospina is on the far sideline roughly at the end of the blue USA Ultimate sign. The thing to notice here is the improvement in Revolution’s position from when Ospina catches the disc to when she completes the pass. This improvement in Revolution’s offensive position when the disc moves through Ospina is a consistent theme in this game.
(2) Three important plays
Ospina makes three really instructive plays on this point.
(i) For her first touch she makes a remarkable change of direction and moves the disc to the sideline, giving Revolution a great deep look.
(ii) Next watch her not cut on the far sideline when she sees a teammate with a better cut.
(iii) Finally, watch her fight hard for the position with her defender and make a nice gain up the line for Revolution
(3) Looking carefully at the 2nd throw in the last point
I feel that this throw is a fantastic example. Some positives are:
(i) It is a soft throw and easy to catch,
(ii) It is to a place that only her teammate can get to, and
(iii) Ospina is well balanced during the throw and the release.
Revolution is relying on many well-executed throws like this one for their O. You can see watching the game how effective this O is, and studying their throws carefully is really worth the time.
(4) Flawless play from Ospina in the 10th point
Here’s the play from the 10th point that made we want to go back and look more carefully at Ospina’s game. The combination of sheer power, intelligence, and skill on display her is phenomenal.
For the power – watch how she drives her defender to the near side of the screen to set up the cut.
For the intelligence – watch her delay the cut to the far sideline for a second to avoid a pick. Also check out how quickly she makes the decision to throw.
For the skill, she goes from full speed to a very short touch throw in an instant. We saw the same skill from Lisa Pitcaithley on the last point. Absolutely beautiful ultimate!
I love Ospina’s game. Sometimes contributions like hers can be missed watching a game live, but when you go back and study the game you see how Colombia’s position improved every time she touched the disc. What a great player to learn from!