Monday, June 4, 2012

Road Warriors!

After a 3-0 defeat by the NY Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup, the Battery made the trip north for a two-match, four-day journey that would see the team playing a total of four matches in seven day.

Most people would say that after playing a tough match on Tuesday night, getting a result on the road would be great, getting two would be increadible.

But that is exactly what the boys did, while logging more than 1500 miles and 24 hours on the road.  No small feat to be sure.

Auggie played a mixture of regular starters and bench players on Thursday night when the Battery took on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.  The Battery scored two goals just before the half from Nicki Paterson and then a third in the second half by Dane Kelly.   The lone Pittsburgh goal coming from a penalty in the 60 minute, three minutes after former Battery trialist Matt Kassel was sent off with a red card as he deemed to be the last man as he took down Dane Kelly after he got in behind the defense.

Nicki Paterson
Paterson's two goals make him the top scorer in USL Pro with nine games played.

Two days later the Battery took on the Dayton Dutch Lions, coming off a US Open Cup win over MLS's Columbus Crew.

Dayton has not won a match in the USL Pro this season (0-5-4) so it is always tough going up against that type of opponent.

The Battery again started a mix of players and the match seemed equal until the second half when the Battery began to step it up.  Kelly's received a quick throw and crossed to Jose Cuevas, who put away a close range goal in the 70 minute to give him four goals for the season, good enough to be tied for second in goals scored in the league.

With the win Charleston moves to second in the USL Pro standing with 21 points. The Battery has a match in hand over first place Orlando City Lions, at 23 points and third place Rochester Rhinos, at 20 points.

The Battery's next match will be in Orlando against the Lions.  The match will pit first place vs. second place with only two points dividing the two teams.

Up the Battery!

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