CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Eagles defeated the Charleston Battery, 3-1, Saturday night at Queens University Stadium.
Substitute midfielder Maikel Chang's second-half goal was the lone bright spot for the Battery in an otherwise muted performance.
Charlotte scored its first goal in just the second minute after a defensive miscue by goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper, who played the ball directly to Charlotte's Juan Guzman inside the penalty-area. Guzman made no mistake and drilled home from close-range.
The Eagles doubled their lead in the 28th minute after Charleston defender Colin Falvey conceded a free kick 20 yards out. Midfielder Jorge Herrera whipped the ball into the middle, and it was flicked home by forward Juan Sakeyre.
The Battery made two substitutions at halftime with Maikel Chang and Haviel Cordoves both entering the game. The change paid immediate dividends as Charleston pulled a goal back 30 seconds into the second half.
The ball was worked into midfielder Andre Lewis at the edge of the 18-yard box. Lewis could have take a shot, but instead slipped a clever pass to Maikel Chang to tuck home past Charlotte goalkeeper Alec Kann.
Charlotte, however, quickly restored its two-goal advantage. This time it was Sekyere providing the assist, working a combination pass with Herrera in the 65th minute that undid the Battery defense, allowing Herrera to score with a neat finish.
Substitute striker Adam Mena forced a save from Kann in the closing moments. but despite the late pressure, Charlotte held firm and closed out the game to earn the victory.
Charleston returns home to Blackbaud Stadium next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. USL PRO match against the Richmond Kickers.