The Charleston Battery lost to the LA Blues by a score of two goals to one Thursday evening at Anteater Stadium. Blues forward Matt Fondy scored a first-half brace to lead LA to victory as the Battery's second-half fight back came up short.
Despite the loss Charleston (11-7-6) remains in fourth position in the USL PRO standings with two games left to play. The top eight teams advance to the postseason with the top four sides earning home games in the quarterfinal round.
The Battery looked the stronger of the two teams in the early going but were unable to capitalize on their chances with Nicki Paterson, Dane Kelly and Jose Cuevas all going close.
LA broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute after Cuevas saw a clearance away into midfield. The Blues hit the ball back into the box and it deflected to Fondy who turned it home from ten yards out.
Four minutes later LA doubled their lead as Fondy scored again this time with a good individual goal. After receiving the ball twenty yards out he evaded the challenge of two Charleston defenders before hitting a curling strike into the top right corner.
After the break the Battery continued to press and create chances as the Blues defending became increasingly ragged. Charleston finally pulled a goal back in the 80th minute after a quick pass from Cuevas freed Zac Prince on the left side of the box. Prince drilled the ball square across the face of goal and Kelly hammered it home from close range.
The referee added six minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game which spurred the Battery on as they searched for an equalizer. The best chance fell to Kelly in the 93rd minute but his shot on the turn flew over the bar.
The Battery concludes its 2013 USL PRO road schedule on Saturday night with match in Phoenix, AZ versus the Phoenix FC Wolves (7:30 PM, Sports Radio 1450 AM).