The Charleston Battery defense rebounded from their recent performances as they played to a 0-0 draw against rival Charlotte Eagles on Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium in front of a crowd 4,698 fans.
"We wanted three points," coach Mike Anhaeuser said. "Defensively we did a really good job. It was good to get a shutout. We just need to get that mix back and get one or two goals."
Neither team was able to get much going in the first half. Quinton Griffith had the best chance of the first half for Charleston but was unable to convert. After midfielder Jared van Schaik sent a pass to forward Dane Kelly at the top of the box, Kelly found Griffith on the end of a run from the right side but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Both teams pushed forward in the second half and battled down to the last minute. On the last play of the match, Charleston midfielder Maikel Chang made a long run down the right side from his defensive half before passing to forward Haviel Cordoves. Cordoves turned and got off a shot that rolled inches wide of the goal.
Goalkeeper Eric Shannon recorded one save and the Charleston defense held Charlotte to just five shots.
"Leading up to the game we spoke about getting back to basics (on defense) and we did that tonight," said Charleston captain Colin Falvey. "Unfortunately, we didn't find that killer pass or the chance that would have gotten the three points for us."