The Charleston Battery left New Jersey victorious Saturday night, after a thriller of a win over New York Red Bulls II.
Charleston’s Maikel Chang, got things started for the Battery in just the ninth minute. the Cuban Midfielder would put away the opening goal off the long throw by O’Brian Woodbine.
After conceding the early goal the Baby Bulls would continue to struggle to contain the Charleston attack, who would would strike again in the thirtieth minuet. Woodbine would pick up his second assist of the day, this time finding fellow Jamaican Romario Williams with a brilliant through ball. Williams would bury the ball past the Red Bulls’ keeper notching his eighth goal of the year.
The hosts would head into the break trailing 2-0, but the match was far from over with the Red Bulls throwing everything they had forward in the second half.
New York would find their first goal in the 55th, with Stefano Bonomo finding a way past the Battery back four and tucking away a beautiful ball from Florian Valot.
Just a few moments later around the 60th minute, Red Bull’s youngster Kevin O’Toole would bring his team back level, putting a long shot in to the back post for the equalizing goal, the first of his career.
Just five minuets later, Chang would once again step up big for the Battery. The young midfielder picked up the ball on the right flank and fired a low skipping cross in to the box that found fellow Cuban Heviel Cordoves, who put his shot just past the New York keeper to score what would be the winning goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Chang put his talents on full display in a monster match Saturday, showing off not only his brilliant passing skill but his ability to finish. His efforts this season will undoubtedly catch the eye of MLS scouts, including those from a certain club just a short drive down I-20.
KEY TAKE AWAYS
FROM DROUGHT TO FLOOD
Time after time this season the Battery have struggled to find the net, but Saturday the floodgates opened as the Battery attack put away three goals on the night.
Charleston found away to get it done once again away from home, where historically they have struggled. The Battery will face their toughest road test this week as they take on FC Cincinnati at the fortress that is Nippert Stadium
The Battery extend their unbeaten streak in USL play to six games, earning 16 of a possible 18 points in their last six matches.
@ FC Cincinnati, Saturday 7/30, 7:00 p.m