Charleston captain Colin Falvey wasn't sure what he was more proud of - the Battery's shutout or the team's three goals - Saturday night against the LA Galaxy II.
In the end, it didn't matter.
Charleston got goals from Falvey, Dane Kelly and Heviel Cordoves and limited the LA Galaxy II to just four shots on goals as the Battery cruised to an easy 3-0 victory before a crowd of 3,377 at Blackbaud Stadium.
With the victory, the Battery improved to 5-5-4 (19 points) on the season. The Los Dos, which came into the match tied for second place in the USL Pro standings, fell to 8-5-3 (27 points).
Falvey, who scored off a set piece in the 25th minute, has made a reputation as one of the top central defenders in the USL Pro Division over the last four seasons. A shutout, or clean sheet in soccer jargon, is still what Favely strives for every game.
But the veteran defender also realizes that the Battery needs to gain some confidence on the attack as well, and that's why the three goals during Saturday night's match were crucial for the team's psyche moving forward in the second half of the season.
"I love the clean sheet, that's what we want every match," Falvey said. "You can't lose if they don't score, but we've been a good defensive team all season. We needed to have a little breakout game. I think we're starting to put things together now."
Stopping one of the top attacks in the USL Pro Division should only enhance the Battery's reputation as one of the top defensive clubs in the league. The LA Galaxy II came into Saturday night's match as the top-scoring team in the USL Pro Division with 31 goals to their credit in 13 matches.
The Battery's defense was so good, goalie Odisnel Cooper didn't record a single save and was barely threatened.
"I think we were dominant to be honest," Falvey said. "They have a good team, they score a lot of goals and they're aggressive. They have plenty of energy, they get extra runners into the box because they throw caution to the wind. A clean sheet is a big bonus for us."
It was the most complete league performance of the season for the Battery, which generated plenty of scoring chances and gave up little to the LA Galaxy II.
"We needed a win like this," said Charleston coach Mike Anhaeuser. "The break really helped us. We got our chances, we probably could have scored a couple of more goals and we kept them contained. That's a very good team.
"A 3-0 final is a very good result and now we're back to normal. We want to build on this and take a big step forward."
The return of defender Emmanuel Adjetey helped solidify the Battery's back line. Adjetey, who played with the Battery a year ago, had been stuck in Ghana for the first half of the season awaiting his visa to be approved.
"He's steady Adjetey," Anhaeuser said. "He's very poised with the ball at his feet and he makes good decisions. He does a really good job of getting the ball forward, and that's something we'd been struggling with during the first half of the season."
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