MATTHEWS, N.C. – The night time was not within the Battery’s favor because the Black and Yellow fell 3-0 Wednesday on the highway towards Charlotte Independence. It marks the primary time the Battery have dropped consecutive matches to the Independence. The Battery created strong possibilities all through the match with a season-high 16 photographs on the night, however have been unable to seek out the again of the web. Charlotte took benefit of an early lead, holding the Battery scoreless whereas including factors on the board changing a penalty kick in the second half and a late objective in stoppage time.
After a slower begin, the Battery, sporting a 3-5-2 formation for the second time this season, adjusted shortly after Independence ahead Dane Kelly took a shot from the highest of the field within the sixth minute to place the Jacks up by one. From the fifteenth minute onward, the Battery had sturdy showings controlling the ball and placing strain on the Charlotte protection. The Black and Yellow produced seven photographs by the primary 45′, with 3 requiring onerous efforts from Charlotte keeper Brandon Miller to maintain it out of the web. The probabilities got here early for the Battery as Stavros Zarokostas pushed a by ball off an AJ Paterson throw-in that was deflected ahead by Angelo Kelly. Stavros settled the ball contained in the field within the thirtieth minute and took a shot from a decent angle, curling simply over the crossbar. Using on sturdy defensive help holding again the Independence, Charleston would get one other probability within the forty fourth minute as a Robbie Crawford fielded a deflection of the cross for a shot on objective barely scooped up by the opposing keeper Miller. The Black and Yellow headed to the locker room at half with momentum of their favor.
The Battery got here out within the second half exhibiting dynamic passing and goal in each possession. A halftime change that introduced in Ben Di Rosa for Erik McCue added some recent legs for the second-half push and the Battery noticed some early possibilities once more. Robbie Crawford had one of the best trying probability of the night within the 61st after a cutback cross by Zarokostas discovered the Scotsman on the prime of the field for a low-rolling, however highly effective shot going simply vast. Crawford would lead a wave of assaults simply minutes later that met continued deflections within the field by the Charlotte protection. Charlotte took management halfway by the second half to construct on their 1-0 lead. Turning the tables, Charlotte’s assault within the 70′ and past wore down the Battery protection. A sliding block by Leland Archer within the field acquired referred to as for a handball, giving the Independence the penalty kick alternative that Marcelo Palomino transformed to construct on Charlotte’s lead and make it 2-0. Because the Battery sought possibilities within the waning minutes, the Independence broke by the midfield in stoppage time as Dane Kelly pulled again his shot, centering it to Valentin Sabella who punched it by for the ultimate objective earlier than the whistle.
“We put ourselves a little bit behind they usually caught us a little bit bit,” stated Battery head coach Michael Anhaeuser. “Now we have to attempt and restrict these possibilities. As the sport progressed, we acquired into the sport, we began creating just a few possibilities and even within the second half we have been on them till the penalty.”
Defender Patrick Hogan, in simply his second skilled begin, commented, “I assumed we fought properly and we simply got here up a little bit quick. As we have been reaching to go for the tying objective, we ended up slipping up within the again, however we’ll appropriate it for subsequent week.”
Constructing on Wednesday’s efficiency forward of a return to Patriots Level Saturday, Anhaeuser added “What I noticed was loads of combat from the guys they usually didn’t give up. A number of the subs acquired in and it was good to get them in as a result of we would want them on the weekend.” The Battery have a fast turnaround, coming again to Patriots Level this Saturday to face Loudoun United FC for the second time this season.