The Charleston Battery are firing on all cylinders as evidenced by their big win Saturday night over the Harrisburg City Islanders. A bumper crowd of 4,634 filled Blackbaud Stadium on a warm evening in the Lowcountry. The win gives Charleston nine on the season and further solidifies a second-place berth in the USLPRO standings.
The Black and Yellow looked like scoring from the opening whistle but were foiled in their early attempts. Jose Cuevas slung a fiery shot goalwards but his effort was extinguished by Harrisburg's Nick Noble, who had his hands full defending against Charleston's fifteen shots throughout the match. Navion Boyd had a good chance or two but couldn't convert. Further provoking the Islander's defense, Sanyang whipped a cross into John Wilson, whose header was only just scuffed off the line. While it was far from one-way traffic, the Battery spent most of the half behind the ball. And just as it seemed the sides would enter the break on level pegging, Nicki Paterson delivered a ball to Boyd on the right. In a lunging effort, the Jamaican offered up a pass to the onrushing Cuevas. Collecting the turbulent ball, Charleston's "Chiva" struck a fine volley from the bounce, stunning Noble and his Harrisburg compatriots. The stands erupted and the Battery finished the first half a goal to the good but more importantly, they'd earned a decisive psychological edge.
The Battery will be cruising down to Antigua & Barbuda for a pair of matches against the Barracudas this Friday and Sunday at Sir Vivian Richards stadium. Charleston have won 4-0 and 3-0 in their previous encounters this season at Blackbaud but can expect to work a bit more for their goals once in the Caribbean. After this week's trip, they return for a home-and-away fixture with the Charlotte Eagles next weekend.
Let's keep up that incredible form and bring home six points from Antigua!!! UP THE BATTERY!!
Here are some first half-highlights from the match: