WILMINGTON, NC – The Charleston Battery drew, 1-1, with the Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina Saturday night. The match started on a 30 minute weather delay and came to a strange and abrupt end, again due to weather, in the 89th minute.
Wilmington opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a physical first half. The Hammerheads earned a free kick in a dangerous area at the top of Charleston's box. As three Wilmington players stood over the ball, pushing and shoving occurred in several places across the penalty area. After the referee calmed things down, Michael Binns struck the free kick that deflected off the Battery wall and beat Alex Tambakis at his near post.
O'Brian Woodbine scored a cracker in stoppage time of the first half to level the scoring. A Justin Portillo corner kick was cleared to Woodbine who took a touch to bring it down, another to beat an on rushing defender, then smashed a right-footed volley past Wilmington goalkeeper Eric Atti. The goal was Woodbine's third of the year.
The two teams traded chances through a physical second half, but neither could find the go-ahead goal. Both teams had shots cleared off the line in the dying moments of the final 45 minutes.
The two coaches and officials elected to call the game in the 89th minute after lightning was spotted in the area. The Battery left Wilmington with a point and a 2-0-1 record against the Hammerheads this season.
Charleston returns to MUSC Health Stadium next Saturday, August 27th to take on the surging Charlotte Independence. The Battery will honor its 1996 squad at the match against the Independence and celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the Club's first USL Championship.
CHARLESTON BATTERY: Alex Tambakis, O'Brian Woodbine (yellow card, 29th) (goal, 45th), Forrest Lasso, Shawn Ferguson, Emmanuel Adjetey, Maikel Chang (Quinton Griffith, 77th), Justin Portillo, Neveal Hackshaw, Zach Prince (yellow card, 33rd) (Dante Marini, ), Romario Williams (Heviel Cordoves, 68th), Chris Tsonis (Atualla Guerra)
Unused subs: Odisnel Cooper, Ricky Garbanzo, Jeffery Otoo
WILMINGTON HAMMERHEADS: Eric Atti, Pedro Doue (Logan Miller, 68th), Michael Mecham, Bruno Perone, Ashani Fairclough, Justin Moose (Ferrety Sousa, 76th), Liam Miller, Stephan Defregger (Austin Martze, 59th), Michael Binns, Matt Barnes-Homer (Qudus Lawal, 85th) Jermie Lynch (Kyle Parker, 71st)