Monday, June 20, 2011

Double Header Up North

The Battery traveled to face FC New York Friday evening June 3rd and at Harrisburg the next night.  The two-match/two-day scheduling has been hurting us this season and this weekend was no exception.  The match in New York began in their favor as the Battery (thankfully) withstood a host of chances from NYFC's Graciano Brito.  Our boys pulled ahead with the help of a free kick as Nicki Patterson popped one in from just outside the box right before the break.  The one goal lead wouldn't last as New York equalized about fifteen minutes after the restart.  With chances to spare, Brito would get his reward.  A win would have been nice but there was little time to sulk.  The players hopped on the bus and began thinking about the next day's fixture at Harrisburg.

If Friday was nothing to celebrate, Saturday would prove to be even less so.  Charleston suffered a heartbreaking loss in Harrisburg.  The first half would prove lively enough as both side's would-be goals were disallowed for offsides.  Although neither team had surrendered it looked to be a scoreless draw.  In the dying seconds of the match, Harrisburg mounted an attack.  A perfect cross and an incisive header beat Dykstra and lifted all three points for the City Islanders.  It was a disappointing road trip to be sure, there is a lot of football yet to be played.

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