LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Charleston Battery tied league-leading Louisville City FC, 1-1, at Slugger Field on Saturday night.
Charleston carried a 4-0 shot advantage over the hosts into the break as Louisville struggled to cope with the Battery’s pressure in the first half.
The league leaders were careless in possession, which led to counter attack opportunities for Charleston, but the visitors could not take advantage.
Louisville broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute through a Taylor Mueller own goal.
Coach Mike Anhaeuser made a host of second-half substitutions to try to get back into the match. Forwards Chris Tsonis and Romario Williams entered the game midway through the second period and kept Louisville’s back four under constant pressure.
Tsonis’ work rate led to the equalizing goal in the 84th minute. Justin Portillo played a quick free kick down the right flank to Quinton Griffith, who swung a dangerous cross into Louisville’s penalty area. Greg Ranjitsingh appeared to get to the ball first, but Tsonis forced the goalkeeper into a mistake and capitalized, scoring his first league goal of the season.
The Battery return to MUSC Health Stadium on Wednesday for a midweek match with Orlando City B at 7:30 p.m.