The Carolina Challenge Cup kicked off this past weekend, boasting a sellout crowd of 5,767 and a tremendous display by the tournament's hosts. Earlier in the week, the Battery faced College of Charleston at Patriots Point, playing to a scoreless draw, but showcasing plenty of offensive promise and defensive solidarity. A growing tradition and easily one of the country's finest tournaments, this year D.C. United, the Chicago Fire, and the Columbus Crew were invited to the Carolina Challenge Cup.
In the first match, D.C. edged the Fire one goal to nil. Chicago looked sharp early on, but failed to convert a PK and eventually succumbed to United's miserly defense.
Twelve minutes after the restart, Columbus' Renteria was brought down by Charleston's Charlie Romero inside the eighteen and the official pointed to the spot. Milo Mirosevic stepped up and restored the Crew's lead. The rest of the second half was a tight contest in the middle of the park, but slowly the Battery began to make inroads in Columbus' final third. With a minute left in regulation, Charleston's Bundu was hauled down in the area and the Battery's persistence was rewarded. Cuevas took the PK and brought the Battery level once more as time expired.
It was a fine night of football and the Battery will look to build on the weekend's excellent performance when they face D.C. United in Wednesday's second game. The Coffee Pot Cup is on the line and its always great to get the better of D.C. Cheers to the Battery on a job well done, and here's to our best CCC yet!!
Guns of Charleston,
Lead the way!
Find the net,
and save the day!!
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