Bateaux FC Claims 2022 Rocket League Title
The Championship match was a group stage rematch between Bateaux’s Tarek Kaakani and Oakland County’s Theo Foutris. Top-seeded Oakland County took the group stage match two games to one (8-4, 6-8, 8-4), en route to a perfect group stage record, while the loss Kaakani’s first and only loss of the tournament.
Game One (Bateaux 6, Oakland County 1)
After a scoreless three minutes, Kaakani opened the scoring with just over two minutes to play. From there, the floodgates opened for Kaakani, who scored five more goals in a 90 second span to give Bateaux a 6-0 lead over Oakland County. Foutris finally got on the board with three seconds remaining, but the goal was little more than consolation as Kaakani and Bateaux took Game One by a final score of 6-1.
Game Two (Bateaux 10, Oakland County 5)
Kaakani followed his dominant performance in Game One by racing out to an early 5-1 lead in Game Two. Just when the Championship Match seemed all but a formality, Foutris stormed back with three unanswered goals to bring the match within one goal. Foutris would once again bring Oakland County within one goal at 6-5, before Kaakani responded with four answered goals to seal the title for Bateaux FC.
Bateaux’s title marks just the second time in eCup history a club from a local or state league has claimed an eCup title. They join 2020 Xbox Division Champions, the Oly Town Artesians, who have since joined USL League Two.
The defending champions of the Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League, Bateaux FC is a non-profit, amateur soccer club based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Run exclusively by a dedicated group of volunteers, the team is committed to growing competitive, community-oriented, adult soccer in Western Wisconsin.
You can learn more about the 2022 Rocket League Division Champions on their website (www.BateauxFC.com) or by following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@BateauxFC).