Early on the score between the Arkansas Ludicrous Speed and the Missouri MUtants was not indicative of the closeness of the game. But that all changed in the second half, and despite a five point early game lead in Arkansas’ favor, Missouri was able to close the gap only to lose in a capped game on ultimate point, 10-9.
The first quarter of the game was dominated by questionable throws, layouts, wind gusts, and Missouri getting impatient turnovers after working the disc down field. All those factors combined meant Arkansas found its self ahead, 5-0.
The second quarter of the game was a bit cleaner as Missouri started to find their groove but still found themselves behind 7-4.
“We have been notorious for our slow starts,” lamented Missouri captain Matt Francis. “We did it against SLU yesterday and we did it against Arkansas today.”
The second half was a very different game as the MUtants started to win the jump discs and Ludicrous started to make the impatient throwaways.
“Underclassmen and upperclassmen made some questionable decisions late in the game and as a team we made some bad hucks and silly drops,” said Matt Jackson, Arkansas’ senior captain.
With Missouri rallying the hard cap was blown and the two teams were knotted at nine all. On the ensuing point Arkansas’ Abe Coffin hucked the disc to a wide open Dominik Fischer who completed a one foot pass for the win.
“We came out flat in the beginning of the game. In the second half we switched some things up and we started to get back into the game. We didn’t give up, we battled back, we ended up at universe point, and we lost,” Francis said.
With the win Arkansas moves on to the finals to face Harding for the Harvest Moon championship