Monday, June 20, 2011

Battery Dethrone Regals, Advance in Cup

On a clear summer evening, before a smallish midweek crowd of 1,761, the Battery kicked off their Open Cup campaign.  Charleston hosted Regals FC, an amateur side from Houston who traveled some 18 hours for the fixture.  It didn't take long for the Battery to find their stride and begin the assault.  Despite 18 shots by Charleston, Regals' keeper Marcus Sanchez had an outstanding evening registering 9 saves (and perhaps a few more counting some help from the woodwork).  There was an attempt here and there, but Regals never really established an offensive rhythm.  The Battery's attacking persistence would eventually pay off as Levi Coleman earned a penalty just after the restart.  Patterson converted, giving him a tally of four goals on the year.  Charleston was not satisfied and netted again thirty minutes later.  A passing masterclass saw Massie cross in for Seedy Bah, and with a treat of a backheel, delivered the ball for Dane Kelly to slam home.  The victory was not without cost as midfielder JC Mack was stretchered off in the first half.  Despite the injury, we advance in the cup and will host USL league leaders Orlando City this Tuesday at Blackbaud.  It should be a very difficult match, but I'm confident we have what it takes to move past them.  The MLS teams enter the competition in the next round and I look forward to frying some more big fish!

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