Crush defeats Edina

Girls’ ultimate wins season closer


Abigail Keller

Senior Natashia Johannes throws the frisbee in game against Edina 5/24. Crush won by a score of 12-2.

At the last regular game of the season May 24, girls’ ultimate overpowered Edina Green Lantern by a score of 12-2. For junior captain Molly Horstman-Olson, the game was exciting and the team was successful.

“It went amazing. I had a ton of fun during this game. It was really fun to be able to play a home game against Edina,” Horstman-Olson said. 

Junior Fiona Long said the team’s intensity and decision-making helped the team immensely. 

“(The game) went really well. We definitely stepped up the intensity level towards the later parts of the game. We had some good deep throws and deep looks,” Long said.

Crush started and ended the regular season playing (and beating) Edina. For Horstman-Olson, having a rematch against Edina was a fulfilling last game.

“We started our season playing (Edina). We played at their fields in the rain and the wind. It was really fun to have a much nicer day to play them,” Horstman-Olson said. “I really enjoyed our season starting and ending playing the same people — that kind of brought the season to a close and made it come full circle.”

According to Long, both teams have shown considerable growth throughout the season. 

“(Edina was) our first game of the season. Both teams have improved, so it’s cool to see that we’re still maintaining that aggressiveness,” Long said. 

Horstman-Olson said that seeing the team improve over the season and apply defensive skills in the last game was fulfilling.

“Our defense was amazing. Today we really held our force and we forced them to drop the disc a lot, which was really awesome to see because that has been something we’ve been working on throughout the season. To see us doing so well today was really amazing,” Horstman-Olson said.

Although Crush dominated, junior Keira Trill says the team’s communication can always be improved. 

“We could definitely use some more communication. We’re good at communication, but we can always be better,” Trill said.

As the regular season comes to an end, Horstman-Olson said she is proud of how far the team has come.

“I think (the season) went really well. I’m really proud of our team this year, especially because we had a ton of new players this year and to see how much everyone has improved is really heartwarming. I’m so proud of everyone on this team,” Horstman-Olson said.

Following the Edina game, Trill said she is eagerly awaiting the State tournament.

“I’m very excited. I’m looking forward to playing all the teams that I haven’t really gotten to play yet, and having that new kind of air at that kind of competition,” Trill said.

I really enjoyed our season starting and ending playing the same people — that kind of brought the season to a close and made it come full circle.

— Molly Horstman-Olson

Horstman-Olson says despite the bittersweetness of losing graduating athletes, she wants to end the season on a positive note.

“I’m looking forward to playing our hardest and doing amazing,” Horstman-Olson said. “I’m looking forward to ending this amazing season with these people and I’m gonna miss our seniors.”

Crush will compete in the Minnesota Ultimate High School State Tournament June 4-5 at National Sports Center in Blaine.