LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College eSports debuted its Rocket League team for the first time this past weekend as it faced Georgia Tech and East Carolina in a pair of College Rocket League (CRL) Southern Conference qualifying round matchups. Each matchup featured a best-of-three format and although Florida Southern took the first game of each match, the Mocs ultimately fell 2-1 in each contest.
GEORGIA TECH 2, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1
Saturday's tilt with Georgia Tech was a particularly difficult matchup as the Moccasins were paired against a Yellow Jacket squad that is ranked among the top 0.02 percent of teams in the world. The Mocs came in ranked among the top two percent of teams in the world and were able to grab a 3-2 win in overtime as Koy McGrath scored the game-winner to put the Mocs up 1-0 in the early going after one game. Ashley Dougherty added a pair of goals in the first game. The second game saw the Yellow Jackets earn a 4-1 victory as Cody Lowe scored FSC's lone goal. In the third and final game, the Mocs held Georgia Tech scoreless for nearly the entire contest, but the Ramblin' Wreck tallied a goal in the final minute to sneak away with a 1-0 win and take the match by a 2-1 score.
EAST CAROLINA 2, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1
Sunday's contest against East Carolina also saw the Mocs snag an early 1-0 match lead when they scored with just under a minute to go to earn a 3-2 win. Clinging to a 4-2 lead late in the second game, a series of communication errors caused Florida Southern to surrender two late goals to the Pirates to force an overtime period. In overtime, ECU was able to score the game-winner just over a minute in to snag a 5-4 win and tie the match at 1-1. Dougherty scored twice in the contest, while Lowe and McGrath tallied one each. The third and final game also went to overtime, but East Carolina scored just after the opening kick to grab a 3-2 victory and come away with a 2-1 match win.
"Overall, our inaugural Rocket League performance was very impressive," said head coach Nate Carson. "Playing against highly-ranked teams like Georgia Tech and East Carolina helped us gain confidence that we can compete with some of the best in the world."
Dougherty was the team's MVP for the weekend, scoring six goals. The Rocket League team is back in action this weekend with another pair of qualifying matches and will compete in the CRL Open Season beginning in October.
WHAT IS ROCKET LEAGUE?
Winner or Nominee of more than 150 'Best of 2015' Awards, including Game of the Year, Best Sports Game, and Best Multiplayer Game, Rocket League® combines soccer with driving in an unbelievable physics-based multiplayer-focused sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles equipped with huge rocket boosters to score amazing aerial goals and pull off incredible, game-changing saves!