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Independence Rally to Draw with Battery

08/03/2016, 9:15pm EDT
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Charlotte rewarded for strong attacking spell, ties 1-1 at Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery and Charlotte Independence played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday at MUSC Health Stadium. Battery goal-scoring leader Romario Williams got the host side on the score sheet in the eighth minute, but it was Charlotte that dictated a good spell of possession and attack, eventually finding the equalizer from Caleb Calvert in the 65th minute. The Independence are in the midst of a four-game road trip and improved to 2-0-1 for this stretch. Charlotte is now 9-6-5 (32 points) overall and 4-2-4 on the road. Charleston moves to 10-4-7 (37 points) overall and 5-2-3 at home. The Independence lead the head-to-head series this season, having previously defeated Charleston 3-2 on April 16 at the Ramblewood Soccer Complex. They will meet once more on Aug. 27 at MUSC Health Stadium.

Scoring:

8’ – CHS – Romario Williams (Maikel Chang)
65’ – CLT – Caleb Calvert (Jorge Herrera)

 

Three Things That Mattered:

  • 1. Charleston grabbed a much-needed early lead as Charlotte had enjoyed some strong possession of the ball for most of the match. In the eighth minute, the host side had the upper hand. Romario Williams was on the left side when he received the ball from Forrest Lasso and Williams then dished to the middle to Maikel Chang. Chang had space to work the ball straight up the pitch and Williams made a strong run in front of him toward the right of the box. Williams received the entry pass, dribbled to is right and was able to sneak the ball inside the right post past Independence goalkeeper John Berner for the 1-0 lead. Williams notched his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

  • 2. Just seconds after Williams was subbed off for Chris Tsonis in the 63rd minute, the Independence attack finally was rewarded for its efforts. Charlotte had a strong spell of possession against a Battery defense that was sagging back a bit, and the Independence took advantage in the 64rth minute working the ball left to right, with Jorge Herrera dishing toward the middle of the box. The ball took a bit of a deflection, but Caleb Calvert was there to converge for shot from eight yards out past Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper to tie the score at 1-1. Calvert notched his sixth goal of the season to move into sole possession of the team goal-scoring lead.

  • 3. With both squads currently on the positive side of the postseason cutoff, the match overall did not do much to help either in solidifying their position. In retrospect, the Independence certainly made a case to deserve a three points with its effort Wednesday as Mike Jeffries’ side pushed like a team that wasn’t on the road. In the 85th minute, Charlotte hit the post and forced Cooper into a save on the rebound. Then in the 88th minute, Cooper made a foot save against Independence second-half sub Brian Brown as the Battery defense had to stay on its toes until the final whistle.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Caleb Calvert, Charlotte Independence –
Calvert grabbed the game-tying goal in the second half as Charlotte is now unbeaten in three straight on its four-game road trip.

Upcoming Games:
Charleston Battery
vs. FC Montreal – Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium
Charlotte Independence at Bethlehem Steel FC – Aug. 7, 4 p.m. ET, Goodman Stadium

 
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