The Charleston Battery defense rebounded from their recent performances as they played to a 0-0 draw against rival Charlotte Eagles on Saturday night in Charleston, S.C. at Blackbaud Stadium in front of a crowd 4,698 fans.
“This is a tie and we wanted three points,” Coach Mike Anhaeuser said after the match. “Defensively we did a really good job. It was good to get a shutout. We just need to get that mix back and get one or two goals.”
Neither team was able to get much going in the first half. While possession was relatively even, the Battery had the best opportunities of the half. Justin Portillo took the first shot on goal for the Battery in the 9th minute when he collected the ball just outside of the box, cut to the middle and had his shot saved easily by Charlotte goalkeeper Brock Duckworth.
Quinton Griffith had the best chance of the first half for Charleston but was unable to convert. After midfielder Jared van Schaik sent a pass to forward Dane Kelly at the top of the box, Kelly found Griffith on the end of a run from the right side but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Both teams pushed forward in the second half and battled down to the last minute. On the last play of the match, Charleston midfielder Maikel Chang made a long run down the right side from his defensive half before passing to forward Haviel Cordoves. Cordoves turned and got off a shot that rolled inches wide of the goal and the game ended 0-0 on the ensuing goal kick.
Goalkeeper Eric Shannon recorded 1 save and the Charleston defense held Charlotte to just 5 shots to preserve the clean sheet.
The Battery will next face the Richmond Kickers in a USLPRO regular season game on Saturday, July 19 at Richmond City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia at 7:00 p.m.