Indianapolis AlleyCats finish home playoffs in thrilling fashion

On a cold rainy night, the Indianapolis AlleyCats made sure to keep the fans happy as they faced Minnesota Wind Chill in the American Ultimate Disc League first round of the Midwest divisional playoffs.

Without lead goal scorer Rick Gross, the AlleyCats pulled off a win and beat the Wind Chill in thrilling fashion, 20-19. Leading the way for the AlleyCats was Levi Jacobs, who scored four goals in the game.

Levi Jacobs catches the disc in the end zone, while being guarded by two Minnesota Wind Chill defenders in the first round of the Midwest divisional playoffs on July 21. Jacobs led the team with four goals. Photo by Rick Gross 

The AlleyCats led all throughout the game. At halftime, the score was the tightest of the game with the AlleyCats leading, 11-10. But the game was close with Minnesota’s last position with the disc.

After a dropped disc by one the AlleyCats players, Wind Chill obtained it with, down by one point. The Wind Chill worked it to midfield where one of its player threw a deep pass towards the end zone. Travis Carpenter and Colin Berry leaped for the disc, but Carpenter smacked it away with a minute left in the game.

Travis Carpenter (right) and Colin Berry leap into the air for the disc in the first round of the Midwest playoffs on July 21 at Westfield High School. Carpenter smacked the disc away, sealing the game for the AlleyCats. Photo by Mike Gross

The AlleyCats (12-3) finished the home season with a 7-1 record. This season, the AlleyCats played at Roncalli High School, Grand Parks Event Center and Westfield High School.

For the second time in program history, the AlleyCats advance to the Midwest divisional championship game. It faces off against 2017 Midwest divisional champion Madison Radicals (12-2) at 7 p.m. on July 28 at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wisconsin.

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