Ian Fuller has always been a bit of a control freak.
On the field as a player, Fuller earned a reputation as a fiery competitor who was difficult to play against. With head coach Mike Anhaeuser sitting in the press box serving a one-game suspension, it fell to Fuller to guide the Battery on Saturday night against Charlotte.
Stephen Armstrong scored a goal and added an assist to lead Charleston past Charlotte, 2-1, before a crowd of 3,008 at Blackbaud Stadium.
With the victory, the Battery improved to 3-0-1 (10 points) and remained in first place in the USL Second Division. Charlotte dropped to 1-2-0 (3 points).
Anhaeuser received a red card and was ejected from Tuesday's 1-0 win over Real Maryland.
"When you're a player, you get a chance to fight out there for a result, but as a coach about the only thing you can do is yell a lot," Fuller said. "It's a stressful situation because there's really nothing you can do about it. It was a little bit difficult sitting on the sideline, but at the same time, we got a good result and that made the whole night very enjoyable."
Fuller said the most frustrating part was not being able to control what was going on between the white lines.
"There's only so much you can do as a coach," Fuller said. "You can make adjustments. You can correct errors, but it's really up to the players. You have to look at the game from a completely different perspective and analyze the entire field."
The game certainly had its share of drama in the second half. After building a 2-0 halftime lead, the Battery was unable to put away the pesky Eagles.
"We're going to learn how to finish games off as we get more experience," Armstrong said. "We were a little sloppy in the second half and our work rate wasn't as consistent as it needs to be."
Charleston grabbed a 1-0 lead on Stephen Armstrong's penalty kick in the sixth minute. Striker Tom Heinemann made a strong run down the left flank. He shouldered his way past Charlotte defender Cheyne Roberts about 30 yards out. Heinemann then stepped past Brady Bryant near the goal line and had a clear path to the net before being taken down.
Armstrong calmly stepped up and nailed the penalty shot with a low blast to the near post. The Battery pushed their advantage to 2-0 when on Lamar Neagle's first goal of the season in the 15th minute. Armstrong got possession of the ball about 35 yards out and sent a searching cross to the back post that Neagle headed past Charlotte keeper Stew Ceus.
Charlotte cut the gap to 2-1 on Chris Lemons goal in the 58th minute.
The Eagles nearly tied the game in the 65th minute on Jorge Herrera free kick from about 35 yards out. After a foul on Gaye, Herrera lined up on the left side and send a bending shot on net that Charleston keeper Tim Melia misjudged. Melia back up, made a leaping punch at the ball, but missed it. The ball bounced off the back post and out of bounds for a goal kick.
Charlotte had a corner kick in the final seconds. The Eagles brought the 6-6, 220-pound Ceus forward for the attempt, but the Herrera's corner kick sailed to the back post and out of danger.
--Midfielder John Gruenewald (groin) and defender John Wilson (foot) missed the game with injuries.
--Charleston right back O'Brian Woodbine appeared to pull his hamstring in the 72nd minute trying to run down a ball on the right sideline. Woodbine missed most of the 2009 season with a broken foot.