Thursday, June 28, 2012

Half Way There!

No Quarter is back after another long layoff!

Since our last update, the Battery loss close battle for first place in Orlando 2-1 but have since rebounded with two wins at home including a 3-0 win over Antigua and a 3-1 win over Harrisburg.

Those game have seen some great goals by league leading scorer, Nicki Paterson and Jose "Chiva" Cuevas.

Nicki's goal in Orlando was one any striker would have been proud of, a beautiful one touch volley from about 25 yards out and his free kick against Antigua is his third of the year from about 20 to 25 yards out.

Cuevas' goal last week against Harrisburg was a combination of ball skills and power.  Deftly controlling the ball, followed by a scissor kick to crush the back of the net.  The Battery have scored 23 goals in 12 matches so far, second behind Orlando's 25 goals.  The also have only given up 8 goals, tied for first in goals allowed.

At the Battery's half way point in the season, they sit in second place with 27 points, 5 points behind Orlando but have one game in hand.

The Battery still play Orlando two more time this season the chance to take first place in within our reach.

The Battery play two matches this weekend in Antigua.  The boys traveled down today and seem to be adjusting well to the tough condition the island nation must offer (insert sarcastic emo-con here!)

Although the Battery have out scored Antigua 7-0 in the last two matches, anything can happen.  The stadium, referees, bad blood (remember, Dane Kelly got a right hook from one of their players in the last Antigua match!), all this leads up to the boys needing to keep their head straight, focus on the task and just keep doing what they have been doing all season.

Andrew Dykstra loan extension seems to be week to week now, with another extension which will should see him play the matches this weekend.  Kevin Klasila is back in one-on-one training with Battery's goal keeper coach, Dusty Huddock after a ligament tear to his thumb.  He should be training with the full team next week if all goes well.

You can watch the matches online at and join a few Battery faithful in their online chat feature.

Friday, June 30 7:00pm
Sunday July 1, 7:00pm

You can also listen online via the Battery website or on 1340am locally.

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