Orlando blanks Battery

Orlando — The Charleston Battery suffered its heaviest defeat of the season, losing 4-0 to the Orlando City Lions on Friday night at the Citrus Bowl.

The Battery finished the game with nine players after team captain Colin Falvey and his central defensive partner Kyle Hoffer both received second-half red cards.

The defeat leaves the Battery (11-8-0) in third position in the USL Pro standings and mathematically unable to catch Orlando, which claimed the regular season championship for the second straight year.

The Battery was poor defensively from the opening whistle and got into a 2-0 hole after only 22 minutes.

The Battery’s chances for a fight back were nullified in a five-minute stretch midway through the second half that saw two players ejected.

Falvey was sent off in the 59th minute for his reaction to a stamp by Orlando’s James O’Conner, who was also ejected. Hoffer was ejected five minutes later after receiving a second yellow card for tugging on the shirt of Orlando striker Dennis Chin.

Orlando piled on the pressure as Chin scored in the 77th minute and again 10 minutes later.

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