Battery rally for draw

Cincinnati — The Charleston Battery came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati in front of 19,000 fans at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.

Substitute Heviel Cordoves scored a 70th-minute equalizer for the Battery 12 minutes after checking into the match. The center forward rose up to meet Maikel Chang’s inswinging corner, flicking it past Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt. The goal was the second time in as many games that the two Cubans linked up to earn points for their side.

After the two teams traded chances back and forth to no avail through the first 45 minutes, Cincinnati broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second half. Shortly after veteran center back Taylor Mueller exited the match due to injury, Omar Cummings received a pass just inside the penalty area and curled a first-time shot around Alex Tambakis to the back post.

The Battery ramped up the pressure following Cordoves’ equalizer and looked more likely to find a game-winner. Chris Tsonis connected with a Quinton Griffith cross immediately after checking into the match, but the forward’s header rocketed off the crossbar. Hildebrandt made several big saves throughout the match and down the stretch to preserve a point for FCC.

The draw extends Charleston’s unbeaten streak to seven games, with the team’s last loss coming on June 11. The match against FCC concludes the Battery’s toughest stretch this season. In a four-game span in July, Charleston played the top three teams away from home, ending the difficult run with six points.

Following back-to-back road matches, the Battery return home to face the Charlotte Independence at MUSC Health Stadium on Wednesday. Charleston will then get a much-needed 10 days of rest before its first match this season with last-place FC Montreal.