The Charleston Battery defeated the Charlotte Eagles by a score of three goals to nil Tuesday night at Winthrop University Soccer Stadium. Tony Donatelli, Ryan Richter and JC Mack supplied the goals as the Battery rebounded from Saturday's home loss to the Richmond Kickers.
"We came out and had a very strong first half and were able to score two very good goals" said Charleston Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser. "In the second half they made some changes and pushed forward but our defense was up to the task and we were able to put the result beyond doubt with a nice counterattack goal in the late going."
Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra recorded three saves en route to the shut-out win in his second game of a loan spell from Major League Soccer's D.C. United.
After a frantic opening to the match the Battery opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after a superb curling cross from midfielder Jose Cuevas. Midfielder Tony Donatelli met the cross at the back post and redirected a headed finish past goalkeeper Eric Reed.
Ryan Richter made it 2-0 after he slipped past the offside trap chasing down a through-ball from Taylor Mueller. Richter cut inside his defender and then drilled a shot past Reed at the near post.
The Eagles fought hard to pull a goal back after the break but the Battery back four led by captain Colin Falvey were solid and for the most part held Charlotte at bay. Substitute forward Mauricio Salles came closest but his 60th minute volleyed attempt whistled over the bar.
Charleston finished strongly and scored a third goal in the 87th minute after Richter saw his hard shot saved by Reed who parried the ball to the right. JC Mack was following up at the back post and slotted home from close range.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium on Friday April 27 for a 7:30 PM match versus the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.