HARRISBURG, PA. -- The Charleston Battery dropped their first match of the season with a 2-1 loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night at Skyline Sports Complex.
The Battery remain at the top of the USL-2 standings (6-0-1, 19 points), as the City Islanders (1-4-1, 4 points) move into fifth place after recording their first win of the season.
Charleston, coming off a 4-3 road victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds the night before, went all but one minute of the second half with 10 men after a red card was issued to Zach Prince in the 46th minute.
The Battery trailed 2-0 before scoring its lone goal of the night by midfielder Kevin Jackson in the 86th minute. Charleston was awarded a penalty kick after Brandon Massie was pulled down in the box. Jackson's goal came off a follow-up strike after the keeper deflected his penalty kick.
Harrisburg's first goal came in the 59th minute with a volley from City Islanders veteran Dustin Bixler.
Harrisburg added to its lead in the 79th minute with a goal by Nick Zimmerman, who is on loan from the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium next Saturday for its annual Memorial Day Weekend game. Charleston hosts the Real Maryland Monarchs, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
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