The Charleston Battery were held to a 0-0 tie by the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,325. Charleston out-shot Rochester 15-4 but could not find a way past a determined Rochester defense led by goalkeeper Kristian Nicht.
Charleston improves to 6-2-1, 19 points and moves up into second position in the USL PRO standings.
Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in the first half. Charleston created the first chance of the game in the 9th minute but Mike Azira's shot from twenty yards out was well wide.
Defender Taylor Muller had a couple of chances from successive corner kicks at the 30 minute mark but lifted his header over the bar on both occasions.
After the break the game began to open up as Rochester came into the match more. In the 56th minute winger Jimmy Banks found the ball at his feet just inside the box and managed to squeeze a shot through a crowd of defenders but goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper was well positioned to make the save.
The best chance of the game came in the 68th minute after Zach Prince slipped a pass into substitute forward Heviel Cordoves at the edge of the penalty-area. Cordoves drilled a curling shot on frame but Nicht stretched out to make a diving save,
Despite being reduced to ten men late in the game after Amadou Sanyang was show a red card the Battery continued to press, but Rochester were able to hold firm to deny the home side a winner.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium on Tuesday night for a third round U.S. Open Cup match versus Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes; kick off is set for 7:30 PM.