The Charleston Battery defeated the Richmond Kickers by a score of five goals to two Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 3,460. The result snapped Richmond's record-breaking twenty-two game USL PRO unbeaten streak as the Battery became the first side to defeat the Kickers in the 2013 season.
With the win Charleston improves to 11-6-6, 39 points and remains in fourth position in the USL PRO standings.
The Battery opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after midfielder Bryce Alderson picked out Colin Falvey with a curling cross from the left side. Falvey beat his defender to the ball and headed past Richmond goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra into the goal.
Two minutes later Charleston doubled its lead after a Richmond clearance was picked off at midfield by Jose Cuevas. Cuevas passed the ball forward to Mike Azira who drilled a low shot past Dykstra into the bottom left corner.
Richmond responded with a goal at the stroke of half-time as midfielder Alex Lee drifted between the two Charleston central-defenders and directed a header over Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper.
The Battery restored its two-goal advantage in the 48th minute as Dane Kelly notched his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Richmond fought back again to make it 3-2 in the 72nd minute with veteran striker Matt Delicate volleying home from a corner.
The game hung in the balance until the 84th minute with Richmond pressing hard to find an equalizer. The Battery managed to break clear with Azira surging down field with the ball. Dykstra came off his line to close the angle but Azira slipped the ball past him to make it 4-2.
Substitute forward Heviel Cordoves put the game beyond doubt in stoppage time scoring Charleston's fifth of the night with a hard left-footed strike from twelve yards out.
The Battery travels to the West coast next week for a pair of games. On Thursday Charleston squares off with the LA Blues (10:30 PM EST) and on Saturday the Battery takes on the Phoenix FC Wolves (7:30 PM EST); both games will be broadcast live on Sports Radio 1450 AM.
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