Ultimate Frisbee is back with another annual tournament hosted by CBC and this year hosting 9 teams. After a fun two team debut last year, CEC decided to field one consolidated team. The 7-on-7 format allowed for maximum 5 guys on the field and minimum of two girls. This year’s CEC team was a decent team on paper; with returning members Kevin Cheng, Kevin Chu, Katie Hsu, Natasha Hui, Lillian Lai, Brian Liu, and Don Xayasone; new comers Chris Changchien, Cindy Chu (former D1 athlete!!), Ryan Falomir, Lawrence Hui, and Rick Liu. Cal ultimate player Greg Moy and captain Jia Fu Cen would round out the final 2 spots of the 14 player roster.
Pool Play Schedule:
vs. Harbor 6-7 (Loss)vs. UCSD’s Starridge Lost and Found 3-8 (Loss)vs. GC2’s Where’s da Football? 7-2 (Win)vs. CBC’s Life is Good 7-6 (Loss)Playoff seeding after Pool Play:1. CBC’s Life is Good2. UCSD’s Starridge Lost and Found3. CBC’s Green Team4. Harbor5. CBC’s Blue Team6. CEC7. UCSD’s Goldrath Gophers8. Lighthouse
Suddenly the pool play schedule didn’t seem too bad as 2 of the 3 losses had come against the top two undefeated teams in the tournament. The path to the championship would have CEC face an undefeated 3rd seed, meet the UCSD (#2 seed) team again that had dominated CEC in pool play, and another rematch with CBC’s life is good.
Quarterfinals vs. CBC Green Team: 8-2 WINSemifinals vs. UCSD’s Lost and Found: 7-5 WINFinals vs. CBC’s Life is Good: 6-6 OVERTIME
In the finals, CBC blitzed out to a 5-1 lead at the half and looked to be a one-sided game. However, mirroring the pool play game, CEC rallied in the second half with a flurry of unanswered scores. CEC took the lead at 6-5 with a minute left but CBC forced overtime with a long pass deep in the end zone.
CEC would start the sudden death overtime with first possession and had a solid chance to score. An ill advised pass into the end zone by CEC was knocked out and CBC came back with the a perfectly placed deep pass by KuangKai Tai.
Highlight of the day goes to Don Xayasone who laid out superman style for a catch in the end zone against CBC’s Life is Good.