Charleston midfielder Nicki Paterson scored on a penalty kick in the first half to lead the Battery past the Dayton Dutch Lions, 1-0, Friday night before a crowd of 1,436 at BeaverCreek Stadium.
With the victory, the Battery improves to 4-1-0 (12 points) and moves into third place in the USL Pro standings.
The Battery started strong and came close to scoring in the 8th minute from a well worked set-play. Defender Taylor Mueller took a long throw-in from the left side that Paterson flicked on at the near post. The ball flashed across the face of goal, but was just out of reach for forward Heviel Cordoves.
Dayton responded with a chance of its own in the 30th minute. After a build-up on the right side, the ball was chipped to the far post, but midfielder Shane Smith’s header missed high.
In the 33rd minute, Dayton defender Shintaro Harado was called for a hand-ball in the penalty box earning Charleston a penalty-kick. Paterson sent goalkeeper Matt Williams the wrong way and tucked the ball into the left corner of the goal.
Dayton enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half, forcing the Battery to defend for long spells. Colin Falvey and Taylor Mueller both performed well in the center of the Battery defense as Charleston repelled the Dutch Lions attack.
The Battery hit Dayton on the counter-attack several times with the best chance coming in the 64th minute after some good wing play by Emmanuel Adetey. Adjetey crossed to Austin Savage at the back post. Savage found striker Dane Kelly inside the six-yard box, but Kelly’s attempt sailed wide of the net.
Charleston keeper Kevin Klasila, making his first start of the season, faced ten shots and made five saves to record his first shut-out of the season.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium this Saturday (May 11) to face the Wilmington Hammerheads beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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