The Charleston Battery lost to Antigua Barracuda FC by a score of one goal to none Sunday night at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Peter Byers scored the lone goal in the 47th minute driving a shot past Battery goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra from 12 yards out.
Despite the loss Charleston (10-4-0) remains in second position in the USL PRO standings four points behind the Orlando City Lions.
The Battery started brightly with forward Dino Williams causing problems for the Antigua back four. Williams had the first real chance of the game in the 15th minute as the ball was played up to him at the edge of the box. He controlled the ball with his chest but his volleyed attempt flew over the bar.
Williams threatened again in the 36th minute after the ball was slipped through to him behind the Antigua defense. Williams dribbled in on goal but Barracuda goalkeeper Stefan Decastro was quick off his line and smothered his shot.
Antigua broke the deadlock just after half time with a good run from the left side by defender Quentin Griffith. Griffith carried the ball to the bye-line then cut a pass back for Byers who drilled a first-time shot home.
Charleston's task became harder in the 73rd minute as defender Cody Ellison was shown a red card after he was fouled by an Antiguan defender. Ellison was about to be stretchered off the field after being injured in the tackle but was shown a red card for venting his frustration to the referee.
Dykstra was called into action two minutes later making two excellent reaction saves to keep the Battery in the game. Following the second save Charleston worked the ball forward quickly to midfielder JC Mack just outside the box. Mack worked the ball onto his rich foot but his low shot was saved by Decastro.
Charleston continued to press and created one final chance with time running out at the end of the game. Jose Cuevas whipped a corner but the ball was parried back to him on the near side. Cuevas picked up the loose ball and cut past his defender but his shot to the near post was saved by Decastro.
The Battery returns home to Blackbaud Stadium next Friday night to play the Charlotte Eagles; kick off is set for 7:30PM.
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