The Charleston Battery lost 2-0 to the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 4,437. After a scoreless first half Charlotte broke the deadlock in the 48thminute with a close-range finish from midfielder Nate Thornton. The Eagles added a second ten minutes from time as Charleston lost a second consecutive game.
Despite the loss the Battery (10-5-0) remains in second position in USL PRO four points behind the league-leading Orlando City Lions. Charlotte (5-8-2) moves up into a tie for seventh position in the tables.
The first half was very even with good chances for both teams. Charleston best opportunity came in the 36th minute after Jose Cuevas slipped a pass through for Tony Donatelli. Donatelli faked a shot to evade his marker but saw his left footed attempt well saved by Eagles goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
Just before half-time Charlotte also came very close with a good ball down the right side to forward Christian Meza. Meza struck a shot on frame but the attempt was smothered by Battery goalkeeper Brock Duckworth.
Charlotte opened the scoring just after half time with a goal by midfielder Nate Thornton. The ball was lifted forward to Mauricio Salles at the edge of the box who lofted a header ball to the penalty spot for Thornton to receive and slip past Duckworth.
Charleston tried to respond and Cuevas volleyed over the bar two minutes later after an excellent cross in form the right flank. Charleston continued to press and Ryan Richter found substitute striker Dane Kelly eighteen yards out in the 69th minute but Kelly lifted his shot over the bar.
Charlotte put the game beyond doubt in the 79th minute when Juan Guzman took a one time shot at the top of the 18-yard-box that deflected off a Battery defender and into the net.
The Battery and the Eagles will face off again tonight at Charlotte Christian High School Stadium; kick off is set for 8 PM (1340 AM). The Battery returns home next Saturday, July 14th to play the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 PM.
Scoring Summary Goal (Assist) Minute
Charlotte Eagles Thornton (Salles) 48
Charlotte Eagles Guzman 79
Charleston Battery: Brock Duckworth, John Wilson (Wiltse), Colin Falvey, Kyle Hoffer, Mike Azira, Nicki Paterson, Jose Cuevas (Mack), Amadou Sanyang (Kelly), Navion Boyd (Richter), Sallieu Bundu (Williams), Tony Donatelli
SHOTS: 14; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 7; CORNER KICKS: 6; OFFSIDES: 1; PENALTY KICKS: (NONE); CAUTIONS: (NONE); EJECTIONS: (NONE)
Charlotte Eagles: Irwin, Williams, Rife, Grousis, Bloom, Guzman, Toby, Thornton (Salvaggione), Kabwe (Ferrer), Meza (Herrera), Salles (Page)
SHOTS: 10; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 9; CORNER KICKS: 5; OFFSIDES: 2; PENALTY KICKS: (NONE); CAUTIONS: (NONE); EJECTIONS: (NONE)