The Charleston Battery (0-1-2) lost to Orlando City SC (2-0-2) by a score of one goal to none on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium. Substitute forward Brian Spann scored the lone goal slotting home from close range in the 74th minute. The loss was the Battery's first of the USL PRO season.
The Battery started well and came close in the 24th minute after earning a corner on the near side. Midfielder Zach Prince whipped the ball to the back of the six-yard box but forward Mamadou Diouf's sharp header was cleared off the line and away to safety.
Orlando fought back and had two excellent chances just before half- time. Orlando forward Corey Hertzog almost scored in the 44th minute after a square ball from Tyler Turner that left him alone in front of goal. Hertzog met the cross but his left-footed strike missed wide of the left post.
Moments later Hertzog was in on goal again after a Battery defensive miscue. The ball sat up nicely for Hertzog but he ballooned his shot over the bar from ten-yards out.
The deciding goal came with fifteen minutes to play after some good build-up play down Orlando-s left flank. Adama Mbuenge drove to the goal-line then squared to the back of the box for Spann to finish past Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper.
The Battery returns home to Blackbaud Stadium next Friday night for a 7:30 PM match versus Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls reserves.