Harrisburg, PA. - The Charleston Battery defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 4-0, Friday night at the Skyline Sports Stadium in front of 1,446 fans.
Charleston was dominant throughout and scored twice in each half to win its first game of the USL PRO season.
Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper faced seven shots and recorded one save, earning his second shutout of the season.
The Battery enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and threatened to score with several good chances. Dane Kelly flashed a header over the bar in the 11th minute, and Zach Prince volleyed a shot high in the 14th.
Charleston continued to press and finally opened the scoring in the 25th minute after a long through-ball from defender Quinton Griffith. Forward Omar Salgado held off his marker as the ball ran across his body, then fired a looping shot over goalkeeper Nick Noble into the back of the net.
Charleston doubled its lead in the 41st minute with Salgado involved again, this time flicking the ball through to Zach Prince with an angled header from 20 yards out. Prince controlled the ball with his right foot, then stroked a left-footed shot into the far corner of the goal to make it 2-0.
The Battery added a third just after the hour-mark with substitute forward Mamadou Diouf picking out Andre Lewis who finished clinically, drilling in a right-footed shot past Noble.
Harrisburg was reduced to 10 men shortly afterward when defender Ethan White struck out at Diouf after the pair tangled at midfield. The referee issued White a straight red card.
The Battery continued to attack and were rewarded with a fourth goal in stoppage time after Andre Lewis beat Noble with a shot but saw his attempt headed off the line. Mamadou Diouf was quickest to react and swept home the clearance to make it 4-0.
The Battery concludes their weekend road trip Sunday with a 7 p.m. match against Dayton.
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