The Charleston Battery defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions by a score of one goal to nil on Friday night at BeaverCreek Stadium in front of 1,436. Midfielder Nicki Paterson converted a first-half penalty to lead Charleston to victory, scoring his second penalty in successive games.
With the win the Battery improves to 4-1-0, 12 points and moves up to third position in the USL PRO standings.
Starting his first game of the season goalkeeper Kevin Klasila faced ten shots and made five saves en route to the shut-out win.
The Battery started well and came close to scoring in the 8th minute from a well worked set-play. Defender Taylor Mueller took a long throw from the left side that Paterson flicked on at the near post. The ball flashed across the face of goal but was just out of reach for forward Heviel Cordoves.
Dayton responded with a chance of their own on the half hour mark after working the ball wide to the right flank for a cross. The ball was chipped to the far post but midfielder Shane Smith's header missed high.
In the 33rd minute Dayton defender Shintaro Harado was called for a hand-ball in the box earning Charleston a penalty-kick. Nicki Paterson sent goalkeeper Matt Williams the wrong way and tucked the ball into the left corner of the goal.
After the break Dayton enjoyed the majority of the possession forcing the Battery to defend for long spells. Colin Falvey and Taylor Mueller both performed well in the center of defense as Charleston repelled the Dutch Lions attack.
The Battery hit Dayton on the counter-attack several times with the best chance coming in the 64th minute after some good wing play by Emmanuel Adetey. Adjetey crossed to Austin Savage at the back post who square the ball back inside for Dane Kelly who couldn't quite get a clean connection on his left-footed shot.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium this coming Saturday, May 11 to face the Wilmington Hammerheads with kick off set for 7:30 PM.