The Charleston Battery defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds by a score of 2-0 on Saturday night at Blackbaud stadium in front of 3,262 fans. Midfielder, Mike Azira made his presence known, scoring the only two goals in the game and his first two goals of the USL PRO regular season.
With the win, the Battery improve to (2-1-0) and a share of the seventh position in the USL PRO standings with six points. The loss for the Riverhounds drops them to the number eleven spot in the USL PRO with one point. Despite some tough play this season, the Riverhounds, (0-4-1), have yet to win a game.
"It was a real defensive battle out there tonight with a lot of physical play and we were pretty lucky to come away with a 2-0 victory," said Coach Anhaeuser in response to the Battery's play against the Riverhounds.
Azira was in the right place at the right time to record his first goal of the season as he headed in the goal off of a deflected John Wilson cross into the box in the 24'. In the 61', Azira did it again; this time it was former College of Charleston standout Zach Prince that assisted the goal with a burst of speed to the outside and a clever drop pass to Azira who blasted it past the Riverhounds keeper.
The Battery weathered a couple of Riverhound opportunities and Battery keeper, Odisnel Cooper, recorded his second shutout of the season, showing off his excellent reflexes and great awareness between the pipes.
Up next, the Charleston Battery head to Pennsylvania to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders and then it is off to Ohio to challenge the Dayton Dutch Lions. Both games start at 7:00 PM and will be streaming live at uslnation.com and on the air on 1450 AM WQNT.
Scoring Summary Goal (Assist) Minute
Charleston Azira 24'
Azira (Prince) 61'
Pittsburgh: Hunter Gilstrap, Rich Costanzo, Mike Green, Andrew Marshall, Mike Seamon, Kevin Kerr, Alfonso Montagalvan, Mike Seth, Seth C'deBaca, Jhonny Arteaga
SHOTS: 11; SAVES: 2; FOULS: 21; CORNER KICKS: 7; OFFSIDES: 0; YELLOW CARDS: 3
Charleston: Odisnel Cooper, Mark Wiltse, Colin Falvey, Cody Ellison, John Wilson, Jarad Van Schaik, Quinton Griffith, Mike Azira, Nicki Paterson, Zach Prince, Dane Kelly
SHOTS: 13; SAVES: 1; FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 3; OFFSIDES: 0; YELLOW CARDS: 0