Monday, July 11, 2011

Battery win big, take on Wilmington in Southern Derby match Thursday

The Battery defeated the top team in the league, Orlando City FC, 1-0 on Saturday night in a late, wet match.

A two hour weather delay saw the game kickoff at 9:30 at night but most the crowd had given up by that point and gone home.  For those that stuck around, they saw the Battery win with an excellent header from Alex Caskey, his first goal of the season.  The goal came in the 65 minute from a cross from Mike Zaher.

The Battery defense was solid all night as well, Colin Falvey and Johnny Wilson were rocks in the center of defense and Andrew Dykstra made a couple key saves in the match as well.

A win was a great way to cap off a great day out at the 'Baud.  It all started with a massive Regiment tailgate where they hosted the The Ruckus and Iron City Firm from Orlando.

It was great to meet fans from around the country and the folks from Orlando are gracious and welcome back anytime.  We had a fantastic time regardless the weather and even though Orlando loss, and most of them went back having enjoyed their trip.

The Regiment also raise more than $400 dollars and filled the back of a small SUV up with clothes for the Pascoe Family.

But it doesn't stop there, The Regiment will be hosting the Frisbee toss at the match on Thursday night so get a couple Frisbees and try to win a free meal at Five Guys burgers and fries.  All the money raised will go toward the Pascoe Family fund.

the match holds double importance for the Battery.  First Wilmington is breathing down Charleston throat in the American Division table with only one point between the two clubs.  Secondly, the game doubles as a Southern Derby Cup match. Read Jim Gregory's excellent article about the Derby HERE

Charleston, Wilmington and Charlotte are even in the standings with three points after two matches each.  Charlotte actually has the lead based on goal differential.

Wilmington will be looking for revenge after the Battery defeated them during the nationally broadcasted Fox Soccer Channel match June 11 by 2-0.

Here are the remaining matches in the Southern Derby Cup

Wilmington @ Charleston 7-14
Charlotte @ Wilmington 7-23
Charlotte @ Charleston 8-12

Charleston looks like they will be without the services of J.C. Mack (foot)

Up the Battery

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