Yesterday was legendary.
Seattle is a beautiful and vibrant city, and the sun was shining! Many of us shared a relaxing morning at the Titcomb household, exploring Lake Sammamish via canoe and having communal journal time before loading up the van and heading to Seattle Center.
We kicked off the tour with a game against Seattle Riot, right under the Space Needle. The venue was awesome, and the crowd was exhilarating. There was some worry about our chemistry and flow before the game – we had only practiced once and some of us met the others only hours before the game. As evidenced in our play, we were ready for the challenge. We stuck to flexible but structured O and D lines throughout the game, and we designated play-callers to lead on-field discussion. It was a remarkable game with breaks early (and late) on both sides.
Every time we scored, it was so exciting. Playing with a group of amazingly talented young women, most of whom I haven't gotten to know particularly well, led to some really cool surprises (and pride) while watching from the sideline. We played a good game, and it could have gone either way. It definitely wasn't what I expected... We won.
While the game was unforgettable, there were some other incredible things that happened. Just before warmups, our game field was being used by an elementary school league. I was surprised by the large number of kids, as well as the level of play. They actually understood the rules and had pretty good disc skills! Though watching the league and playing competitively against Riot was unforgettable, the coolest part of the day arguably occurred after the game. Fans from the stands flooded the field; lots of young girls asked for signatures on discs, hats, jerseys. Some came to watch us play - many of them players themselves – wanted to learn after watching our game. While I could hear the fans during the game, it was great to meet a few of them afterward and thank them for watching and supporting our mission.
Thank you to everyone who watched at the stadium and at home!