Former Stratford High School star Austin Savage is one of three players with local ties to sign with the Charleston Battery for the upcoming USL Pro season.
Savage, midfielder Zach Prince and defender Shawn Ferguson signed with the club on Wednesday. The Battery opens its regular season April 13 on the road against the Richmond Kickers. The Battery’s home opener at Blackbaud Stadium is set for April 20 against Antigua.
“Zach, Shawn and Austin all bring a local flavor to the Battery,” said Charleston Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser. “Prince comes back for his fourth season to give us midfield depth, while rookies Ferguson and Savage help solidify our defensive and offensive ranks.”
Prince, who played at Irmo High School, has won two USL championships with the Battery. Prince played collegiately at College of Charleston. Prince has played 64 games for the Battery over the last three seasons, recording with two goals and two assists.
Ferguson, a rookie, played four years at the College of Charleston and performed well at the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Savage, a rookie, joins the Battery after playing four years at Clemson. Savage, who scored a school-record 113 goals with the Knights, led Clemson in scoring each of the last two seasons. As a senior, Savage had eight goals and four assists for the Tigers. He finished his career at Clemson with 60 points on 24 goals and 12 assists.
Savage also played for the Charleston Battery’s affiliate USSF Development Academy team, Bridge FA, from 2007-09. Savage becomes the first Battery Academy player to sign a pro contract with the Charleston Battery.