The Battery returned home to MUSC Health Stadium Wednesday night, playing rival Orlando City B to a goalless draw in the USL game of the weeks. Both clubs entered the mid week match riding high on a pair of four game unbeaten streaks.
Charleston started the match strong, finding the lions share of chances in the first half, but failing to find the net.
Orlando keeper Mark Ridgers had a monster game for the Lions keeping the clean sheet despite the Battery finding a walloping 22 shots on goal in the match.
OCB showed flashes of promise on the counter, but struggled working the ball out of the back and into the attacking third.
Battery forward Romario Williams nearly broke the deadlock in the 57th minute off a great piece of combo play. Midfielder Maikel Chang dumped the ball to Chris Tsonis who played the ball back to Williams from the top of the penalty area, but Williams’ shot sailed just wide of the right post.
The match would open up during the last 20 minutes or so, with OCB’s Micheal Cox finding a couple good chances on goal, but both would sail high over the crossbar.
The Battery would find the final chance of the night, with Justin Portillo taking a corner in the closing moments of stoppage time finding Dante Marini who played a header to Heviel Cordoves, but the Cuban forwards shot would sail high as the whistle blew for full time.
KEY TAKE AWAYS
The Battery looked fantastic in transition, with O’Brian Woodbine doing a great job working the ball up the flanks and Maikel Chang putting in a lights out performance bringing the ball up the middle.
STILL CAN’T FINISH
Even after out shooting thier opponent 22 to 8, the Battery still failed to find goal.
Andrew Carleton made his first appearance on the Battery team sheet during USL play. But despite recieving high praise from Coach Mike Anheuser, Carleton did not make it on to the pitch.
@ Red Bulls II, Saturday 7/23 4 p.m