LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College eSports picked up three wins in Rocket League action over the weekend, with four contests on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Moccasins (3-4) defeated North Carolina, NC State, and Florida Tech, but fell to Charlotte and Texas Tech in College Rocket League (CRL) Southern Conference qualifying matchups. Florida Southern's record in qualifying was not enough to earn an automatic bid to the CRL playoffs but does put the Mocs in a favorable seeding position for the Open Ladder season, and a shot to earn a wildcard berth to the CRL playoffs in October.
Open Ladder competition will take place throughout the next several weeks, with the first match set for Sunday, Sept. 23.
"Early in the season, we have already seen a lot of individual and team improvement," said head coach Nate Carson. "Most of our errors can be fixed by better in-game communication and positioning. It's been very impressive to see our team go toe-to-toe with some of the top North American Rocket League players."
FLORIDA SOUTHERN 2, NORTH CAROLINA 0
The Moccasins used three goals in the final two minutes to take a 3-0 victory in the first game thanks to a pair of goals by Koy McGrath and an insurance goal from Cody Lowe. In the second game of the best-of-three series, Lowe scored early to set the tone and the Mocs poured it on with four more goals in a 5-0 shutout of the Tarheels. The victory placed Florida Southern into the winner's bracket for a matchup against Texas Tech.
TEXAS TECH 2, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 0
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first game, but Ashley Dougherty scored an equalizer just 30 seconds after Texas Tech took the lead. It would not be enough, however, as TTU scored four more times to take a 5-1 decision. In the second game, Florida Southern raced out to an early lead but fell prey to two Red Raider goals in the final minute in a 2-1 loss. The defeat knocked the Moccasins into the loser's bracket for a match against NC State.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN 2, NC STATE 0
In the third match on Saturday, the Mocs used a solid defensive effort and an early goal to win 1-0 in the first game. Internet connectivity issues caused by Hurricane Florence led the Wolfpack to discontinue play in the second game, leading to a forfeit and a Florida Southern victory. The win propelled Southern to a contest against Florida Tech for the chance to move on to the second day of this weekend's qualifying.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN 2, FLORIDA TECH 0
Florida Tech forfeited their Saturday evening matches as the Mocs picked up another 2-0 victory. The win advanced Florida Southern to a Sunday contest with Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE 2, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 0
Although the 49ers gained an early advantage in game one, Lowe would score to tie things up midway through. However, Charlotte tallied the go-ahead goal late in the first game to secure a 2-1 win. The second game saw the Mocs get out to an early 2-0 lead as Dougherty scored twice, but the 49ers ended the game with three-straight goals to take a 3-2 win and a 2-0 match victory.