Battery slips in Antigua

Northbound, Antigua — The Charleston Battery suffered a 1-0 loss Sunday night to the Antigua Barracuda, but despite the loss, Charleston (10-4-0) remains in second position in the USL Pro standings, four points behind Orlando City.

Antigua’s Peter Byers scored the lone goal in the 47th minute, driving a shot past Battery goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra from 12 yards out.

The Battery started brightly with forward Dino Williams causing problems for the Antigua back four. Williams had the first real chance of the game in the 15th minute as the ball was played up to him at the edge of the box. He controlled the ball with his chest but his volleyed attempt flew over the bar.

Williams threatened again in the 36th minute after the ball was slipped through to him behind the Antigua defense. Williams dribbled in on goal, but Barracuda goalkeeper Stefan Decastro was quick off his line and smothered his shot.

Charleston’s task became harder in the 73rd minute as defender Cody Ellison was shown a red card after he was fouled by an Antiguan defender. Ellison was about to be stretchered off the field after being injured in the tackle but was shown a red card for venting his frustration to the referee.

The Battery next hosts Charlotte on Friday at 7:30 p.m.