Charleston Battery tops Harrisburg City Islanders, 2-1, in soccer
Harrisburg, Pa. — The Charleston Battery earned its third straight victory, defeating the Harrisburg City Islanders, 2-1, Wednesday night.
Mike Azira and Nicki Paterson provided the goals for Charleston (3-1-0, 9 points), which moved into fourth in the USL Pro standings.
The Battery concludes its two-game road trip on Friday night with a 7 p.m. match against the Dayton Dutch Lions.
The Battery opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Harrisburg conceded a free kick just inside the Charleston half. Cody Ellison drove the ball out to Mark Wiltse on the right side. Wiltse switched it to the left side of the penalty area for Azira, who hit a first-time volley past Nick Noble in goal.
Charleston doubled its lead in the 38th minute after Harrisburg were called for a handball in the box. Paterson took the penalty and drilled it low into the right corner.
Harrisburg scored just before halftime. The ball was set back to Christian Hernandez 20 yards out and he curled a shot past Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper into the right corner.
Led by team captain Colin Falvey, the Battery defense limited any real quality scoring chances.
Midfielder Zach Prince narrowly missed the target with a well struck free kick minutes later, and Charleston had several other good chances to add to their lead as they continually struck at Harrisburg on the counterattack.
Dane Kelly, Quinton Griffith and Paterson all came close to scoring a third goal, but in the end, the two first-half strikes proved to be enough.