Battery battles back to salvage tie

— The Charleston Battery came from behind to earn a second consecutive road point with a 1-1 tie against the Rochester Rhinos on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 4,361 at Sahlens Stadium.

After conceding from a corner in the first half, the Battery found an equalizer just after the break through former College of Charleston defender Shawn Ferguson.

With the tie, the Battery improves to 7-3-4 (25 points) and moves into a tie for second place in the USL Pro standings.

In the opening exchanges, Charleston’s Mike Azira threatened twice with strikes from outside the box. The first shot in the sixth minute missed high, then three minutes later he fizzed a drive just wide of the left post.

Rochester fought back and came close in the 21st minute after JC Banks just missed a though-ball that bounced inside the six-yard box.

The Rhinos kept the pressure on and broke the deadlock in the 28th minute after earning a corner kick. Danny Earls played the ball in to the near post, and midfielder Lance Rozebloom managed to flick a shot off the underside of the bar and into the goal.

Charleston goalkeeper Kevin Klasila was forced to make a punch save five minutes before halftime after Blake Brettschneider found himself in space 10 yards out. Brettschneider made good contact with his close-range header, but Klasila made the reaction save, pushing the ball away to safety.

The Battery equalized right after the second half began after earning a free kick on the far side. The first delivery was cleared by Rochester, but Azira turned the loose ball back across goal. Amadou Sanyang headed the ball down, and Shawn Ferguson volleyed a shot home to claim his first Battery goal.

Charleston kept the pressure on Rochester, but Rhinos goalkeeper Kristian Nicht was in excellent form and made several telling saves.

In the 81st minute, substitute midfielder Jarad van Schaik broke from midfield and cut the ball square to Bryce Alderson at the edge of the box. Alderson hit a first-time effort on target that Nicht managed to tip over the bar.

In stoppage time, the Battery threatened again with a strong run across the middle from defender Emmanuel Adjetey. Adjetey rounded two defenders and stroked a shot toward the bottom left corner that Nicht just palmed wide.

The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday to take on VSI Tampa Bay. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.