The Charleston Battery took care of Antigua Barracuda with a 4-0 victory in the Battery home opener in front of 4,546 fans. The Battery tallied four goals from four different players and a number of quality opportunities on net. Right from the whistle the Battery were attacking consistently and creating quality chances. At the 3' Nicki Paterson blasted a shot the just missed over the crossbar and only a minute later, Quinton Griffith created his own scoring opportunity on the right side of the box, but his shot missed wide.
After a series of missed Battery opportunities, Heviel Cordoves found the back of the net to make it 1-0 in the 21'. Ben Fisk cleverly lobbed it over the Barracuda defense to Cordoves who easily placed it into the left side of the opposition's goal. Cordoves' goal marked his first of the season and his first goal in a Battery uniform.
Just two minutes later the Battery did it again, this time it was Fisk who put it away for the Battery offense. At the 23' Fisk drove hard down the left side of the field, made a nice move and buried it past the Barracuda keeper to make it 2-0. This was Fisk first goal for the Battery.
At the 31' it looked as if Cordoves would do it again, but he missed an open net as he booted it wide to the left off of Griffiths centering pass.
The Battery continued to add insult to injury late in the game as Dane Kelly made it 3-0 at the 78' with a tricky deflection off of a Zach Prince corner kick. Prince then added one of his own in the 85' with a beautiful finesse shot from distance into the bottom right of the net making it 4-0. Odisnel Cooper recorded his first shutout for the Battery.
"The biggest thing is that we got the win and the three points, that's what we wanted to do, we also created a lot of chances which allowed us to work on the offensive end of the field a lot tonight," said Coach Anhaeuser on the win.
The Battery are now 1-1-0 in the 2013 season. They return to Blackbaud next Saturday, April 27 to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7:30 PM.
Scoring Summary Goal (Assist) Minute
Charleston Cordoves (Fisk) 21'
Kelly (Prince) 78'
Antigua: Corey Whisenhunt, George Dublin, Jamoy Stevens, Karanja Mack, Marie Daniel, Toric Robinson, Lawson Robinson, Tamorley Thomas, Randolph Burton, Andrew Manders, Rolston Phoenix
SHOTS: 5; SAVES: 7; FOULS: 7; CORNER KICKS: 2; OFFSIDES: 0; YELLOW CARDS: 1
Charleston: Odisnel Cooper, Mark Wiltse, Colin Falvey, Cody Ellison, John Wilson, Quinton Griffith, Jarad Van Schaik, Mike Azira, Ben Fisk, Nicki Paterson, Heviel Cordoves
SHOTS: 27; SAVES: 3; FOULS: 8; CORNER KICKS: 7; OFFSIDES: 10; YELLOW CARDS: 1