Charleston Battery News Release -- www.charlestonbattery.com
Thursday, March 7, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery defeated Coastal Carolina University 2-1 in a preseason scrimmage Thursday evening at Blackbaud Stadium. 2012 USL PRO Rookie of the Year Jose Cuevas led the way, scoring both Battery goals to take his preseason tally to five.
Cuevas opened the scoring in the 10th minute after a flicked header from forward Heviel Cordoves. The ball squirmed past the Coastal Carolina goalkeeper and Cuevas tapped in from close range.
The Battery withstood a spell of pressure from Coastal after going ahead and cleared the ball off the line twice in a five-minute span midway through the half. Forward Dane Kelly almost doubled Charleston’s advantage just before halftime after running through onto a long pass. Kelly flicked a shot at goal but Coastal’s goalkeeper managed to palm the ball away.
Coastal equalized just before the hour-mark, but the Battery restored their lead within 10 minutes. In the 65th minute, Cuevas collected a through-ball, rounded the last defender and drilled the ball home from an acute angle.
The Charleston Battery continue their USL PRO preparations next Friday afternoon with a 2:30 p.m. match against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Stadium in Cary, N.C.
All remaining preseason home games are free to attend except for Saturday, March 23 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Tickets for this rematch of the 2012 USL PRO Championship game are $7 for bleacher seats and $12 for club seats with group discounts available; to purchase tickets or for more information please visit www.charlestonbattery.com or call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).