ROCKVILLE, MD. -- Forward Tom Heinemann scored the only goal of the game and goalkeeper Tim Melia recorded the shutout as the Charleston Battery defeated the Real Maryland Monarchs, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Richmond Montgomery High School.
Heinemann scored on the hour mark after dispossessing Monarchs goalkeeper Brian Levry in the penalty area and then tapping home unchallenged for his first goal of the season. The win lifts Charleston (2-0-1, 7 points) into first place in the USL Second Division.
Real Maryland flew at the Battery from kickoff and came close to scoring in the opening minute as the ball was worked in to striker Israel Sesay. Sesay hit a first-time effort from 20 yards out, but Melia managed to make a diving save.
In the 14th minute, Charleston earned a deep throw and managed to set the ball back to forward Amaury Nunes just inside the 18-yard box. Nunes' shot rose just over the crossbar, though.
In the 38th minute, tempers frayed as Heinemann was knocked to the ground in an off-the-ball incident with Monarchs defender Gareth Evans. In the ensuing argument, Charleston head coach Mike Anhaeuser was ejected from the game.
The Battery had another chance just before halftime as midfielder Rudolph Mayard ran through from the halfway line. Mayard cut to the left of his defender just outside the box but saw his driven left-footed shot saved.
After halftime, Melia was called into action several times, including a terrific save in the 59th minute as he palmed away a stinging free-kick that managed to get through the defensive wall.
A minute later, the Battery finally went ahead as Heinemann took advantage of a poor decision by the Real Maryland goalkeeper, who tried to dribble past him from the bye-line. Heinemann won the tackle, stepped across to the middle of the goal and scored.
The Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Charlotte Eagles. Tickets are $10 - $18 online at www.charlestonbattery.com or by calling 971-4625.