CHARLOTTE — The Charleston Battery’s five-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night with a 1-0 loss to the Charlotte Eagles at Queens University Stadium.
The loss was the Battery’s first since a 4-1 setback on April 13 in the season opener against Richmond.
Despite the loss, Charleston (5-2-0, 15 points) remains in second position in the USL Pro Division standings. The win extends Charlotte’s unbeaten start to the season. The Eagles (3-0-3, 12 points) moved up into a tie for the sixth spot.
“It’s a disappointing result as we defended very well for 90 minutes but unfortunately gave up a set piece at the top of the box that they buried,” said Battery head coach Mike Anhaeuser. “We’ll regroup and work to start another winning streak as we did after the Richmond game.”
Charlotte created the first chance of the game in the 10th minute from a corner kick that was rolled short. The ball was then crossed to the edge of the 6-yard box, but Christian Martinez’s volley shot flew over the bar.
Charleston’s best chance of the first half came to midfielder Emmanuel Adjetey in the 18th minute after Charlotte cleared the ball from inside the box. Adjetey attempted a volley but saw his effort slam into the side netting.
Neither team managed much of an attack until just after midway through the second half when the Battery conceded a free kick at the edge of the penalty area. Charlotte’s Shaun Francis curled his shot around the Charleston defensive wall and into the right side of the net for the only goal of the game.
The Battery responded with a flurry of attacking substitutions that saw forwards Dane Kelly and Heviel Cordoves both enter the game. Charleston pressed forward looking for a tying goal and almost found it in the 82nd minute as Emmanuel Adjetey got the ball to Kelly in the penalty box. Kelly managed to get past his defender but blasted his shot over the bar.
In the 87th minute, the Battery threatened again with Cordoves running down the left side. Cordoves controlled the ball as he entered the box, but his left-footed strike was smothered by goalkeeper Eric Reed.
The Battery heads to Houston on Sunday for an 11 a.m. match against Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo reserve team. The game can be heard on WQNT 1450-AM.