Rochester, N.Y. - The Charleston Battery remained winless in six games this season with a 1-0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos on Sunday afternoon at Sahlen's Stadium in front of 4,653.
Rochester forward JC Banks scored the lone goal as Charleston (0-4-2) suffered its second defeat of the season.
Charleston fought hard to get on level terms with the Rhinos after conceding in the 19th minute, but despite a good second half and a flurry of late chances, were unable to break Rochester's defense.
The first chance of the game fell to Charleston in the 12th minute with a pass from midfielder Andre Lewis to striker Adam Mena. Mena spun to shoot, but his strike was deflected behind for a corner.
Rochester scored in the 19th minute after the ball was played through to Banks at the edge of the area. Banks took a good first touch to move the ball away from both Battery central defenders, then fired a low shot past goalkeeper Eric Shannon into the lower left corner.
Neither team was really able to get a grip on the game after the goal and it wasn't until the Battery substitutions in the second half that the match really opened up, with Charleston on the front foot.
In the 87th minute, Shawn Ferguson got on the end of a cross but saw his slip-header flashed wide of the target. A minute later, Zach Prince came close from a similar position, but his headed effort rose over the crossbar.
The Battery continued to press and midfielder Aminu Abdallah was able to run onto a half-clearance at the edge of the box in the final minute of regulation. Abdallah hit the shot cleanly, but the ball just missed high of the goal.
The final chance fell to team captain Colin Falvey in stoppage time after Prince curled a corner in at the back post. Falvey snapped the header at the goal, but Rochester goalkeeper John McCarthy reacted well and tipped the ball away to safety.
The Battery next visit the Harrisburg City Islanders on Friday at 7 p.m.
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