After taking a short bye, our next pool play opponent was Chaos. After losing to Western Washington on universe point last year at Pres Day Invite, we were seeking redemption. As Chaos took halftime, they were able to widen their lead by two points at 8-6. After making key plays on defense, UCSD rallied on offense tying the game at 8. Chaos was then able to score the next point after soft gap, which meant the game would end with the first team to reach a score of 10. Under pressure and on game point, the Psychos came back with a quick score on offense, tying the game 9-9. On universe point, we started on defense, but forced a key turnover and with a quick offensive transition, a huck from Agave and a downfield score from Blitz in the end-zone, secured the win, ending the game 10-9. After forcing key turnovers on defense and rallying on offense while down, we broke seed.
With the weather in San Bernardino fairly sunny, our next game was against the 3rd seeded Wisconsin Bella Donnas. After trading points in the beginning of the game, Wisconsin was able to take half with a strong lead. As it began to rain, the Psychos opted for an effective huck offense, which allowed us to score several points. But unfortunately, the more experienced Wisconsin team took the win with a 12-5 score.
As the rain died down, we had one more bye before facing our last opponent for the day, UCLA. While warming up, the wind started to pick up and in addition to the rain, it began to hail. Regardless, the games went on and as it poured, each point became longer and longer. Unable to grasp a firm grip on the disc, there were constant turnovers from both teams. Eventually, BLU was able to pull out a decisive 11-3 victory in the rain.
The next day, games were held back on campus and split between the RIMAC, Warren, and Muir fields. Playing in a more familiar sunny weather, our first game was against the USC Hellions. After costly turnovers in the red zone, the Hellions were able to capitalize on our mistakes and took half. The Psychos played a better second half, but a successful zone defense wasn't enough as we were unable to convert in the end-zone. Although we rallied in the second half, the Hellions reached cap with an 8-13 win.
A win against Humboldt would have put us in contention for the 13th place bracket, but with the loss, we were forced to play for 17th place. With only two games on the third and final day of Pres Day, our first game was against UC Davis. The Psychos had played the Pleiades during Santa Barbara Invite earlier this year and lost in a heartbreaking game on universe point. Fueled by redemption, the Psychos set the tempo on offense, scoring on breaks and converting points on the red zone. Although Davis was able to score a callahan on the first point, our zone defense shut down their offense, taking away the deep option and forcing turns. Our offense improved from the previous days having significantly fewer turnovers in the end zone. With a pumped up sideline we continued our momentum throughout the second half, and although the Pleiades threatened to tie the game, we closed out the game with a decisive 13-10 win.
Carrying the momentum from a win against Davis, we played Colorado State, determined to win. With a windier field this game, the Psychos capitalized on the Hell's Belles drops and successfully converted points in the red zone. After dominating the first half 7-1, the Psychos continued to score quick breaks on offense and forced several turnovers with a dominant zone defense. Colorado State continued to fight, scoring 6 more points in the second half, but wasn't enough for a San Diego team, determined to end the tournament with a win. The Psychos took 17th place with a 13-7 win, ending Pres Day Invite by breaking seed.
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