Around 300 people were on hand to see the Charleston Battery defeat the College of Charleston Cougars 2 - 0 at Blackbaud stadium on a fine Tuesday afternoon. Goals from Stephen Armstrong and JC Mack in the second half gave the Battery the win. Charleston controlled most the game and squandered three or four good scoring opportunities. On the defensive side, the Cougars didn't register a decent shot on goal.
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There were liberal substitutions for both squads but more interesting to me were the absences of some of the trialist and the addition of a couple new faces.
Seemingly gone from the Battery camp are goalkeeper Pat Hannigan, midfielder Luke Mulholland (who is rumored to be going up to Wilmington), Jose Cuevas, Jerry Saintel, and Brazillian defender Guilherme Reis.
At this stage, its about building the "team," If you look at those players positions, they were defender and midfielders, something the Battery seems to have plenty of currently with the veterans from last season filling the back line and midfield.
Zaher and Kelly both were wearing ice packs today (Zaher on his ankle and Kelly his thigh) but both were kicking the ball around an moving fine at the half.
Heading into the last two weeks of preseason, the Battery will now be working on conditioning on finishing. The defense will only strengthen as Falvey gets back into the mix.