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Charleston Battery vs Toronto FC II, 2016 USL Season, Final Score 2-0, Chang leads the Battery past Toronto

Charleston Battery

The longest home unbeaten streak in North American soccer is still alive as the Charleston Battery picked up a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC II Saturday night.
Both clubs entered Saturday's coming of vital wins.

Toronto snapped a four game losing streak Wednesday with a victory at home over Richmond. With the win Tronto managed to claw it's way back to the middle of the Easter Conference Table just ahead of Bethlehem Steel.

The Battery ended a two game road trip with a 3-2 win over Harrisburg on Monday, after falling to Rochester just two days earlier.

The fireworks came early for Charleston, with Romario Williams finding the opening goal in just the 10th minuet of a great assist by Maikel Chang.

The Goal would be Williams' sixth of the season, giving him his third straight match with a goal.

Williams on the streak:
"I'm just in a rhythm right now. I'm just trying to stay focused and bring the same energy and attitude game in and game out and try to get myself on the scoresheet. The guys have been doing well and getting me the ball in good positions, good spots to finish, and I've been doing my job pretty well. I'm just hoping to keep it going."

Charleston came out the gate firing on all cylinders, dominating possession and turning up the pressure on a visibly fatigued Toronto side. The Battery did a fantastic job working the ball around on the attack an area where they have struggled early on this season.

Coach Mike Anhaeuser on the Battery turning things around offensively:
"Well we could have had two or three there in the first ten and we could have really opened up the doors a little bit. But we're getting in behind the defenses a little better ad getting the easier chances."

The Battery would continue to control the match for the remainder of the half taking there 1-0 lead with them into the break.

It was more of the same in the 2nd half with Charleston striking again in the 48th. Midfielder Zach Prince took the ball in the left left flank, and put a good pass in to Maikel Chang in the penalty area, who put in a beautiful first-time goal off his left foot, giving the Battery a two goal lead.

Chang's goal would be the final nail in the coffin for Toronto, with the Battery Back four snuffing any hint of a chance. Charleston looked solid overall defensively, with keeper Odisnel Cooper making a couple of impressive saves to secure the clean sheet.



Chang has provided a much needed spark for the Battery in the attacking 3rd, getting the assist on the Battery's first goal and scoring the 2nd himself.



Williams picked has scored in three straight matches and currently ranks 3rd in the USL in goals scored.


For the first time this season the Battery were clicking in both the Attack and defense, putting up the shutout and getting things clicking on the attack.


The home unbeaten run now stands at 29 games, dating all the way back to 2014.

Coach Anhaeuser:

"We kept the streak going, but that's not something we're going to worry about. We just want to get three points every home game."

The Battery open up their 2016 U.S Open campaign at home against Villages SC, Wednesday 5/18 at 7:30