October 2, 2015 by Preston Thompson in Coverage with 0 comments
Revolver was not about to be caught sleeping early Friday morning. They kept the tournament momentum rolling with a 15-8 victory over Kansas City Prairie Fire.
According to head coach Mike Payne, the goal so far has been to average between four to six defensive breaks a game. Against Prairie Fire they exceeded expectations. “We scored the first two D breaks which put them out of sync,” said Payne. “Overall it went according to plan.”
For the favorites, the game also served as a practice for techniques still being tweaked. With more wind coming up, Payne decided to run some zone in preparation for their quarterfinal. Offensively, Revolver wanted to focus on creating more space. “We’ve been working on making space laterally,” said Payne. “We had a chance to move our stack around and create space.”
Prairie Fire couldn’t quite measure up to the powerhouse from San Francisco, but they did manage to get a defensive break to bring it to 5-4. Abe Coffin continued an impressive Nationals performance with two goals and an assist, with Aaron Duff getting two goals as well. They’ll look ahead to next year; most of their players are under 30 years old.
Revolver’s victory pairs them with Truck Stop, and Mike Payne is looking to avoid what happened against GOAT at the same stage in last year’s tournament. “This will be a hard game,” said Payne. “Truck Stop can beat any team here.” This is possibly the first true test Revolver has gotten thus far, considering DC came close to besting them at the Pro Flight Finale.
“This is exactly what happened last year when we lost to GOAT,” Payne noted. Revolver had played some easy games leading up to that quarter, and they were caught sleeping against a good team. But Payne things they’re ready, and, more importantly, healthy.
“It’s pretty rare to have a one seed get to quarters with no injuries at all,” said Payne. “We’re gonna have to take it from them. They won’t give it to us.”