Saturday, April 20, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Battery took care of Antigua Barracuda with a 4-0 victory in the Battery's home opener in front of 4,546 fans on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium. The Battery got a pair of goals in either half, with former Cuban international Heviel Cordoves and Ben Fisk each scoring their first goals for the club.
Right from the whistle the Battery were attacking consistently and creating quality chances. In the third minute, Nicki Paterson blasted a shot the just missed over the crossbar and only a minute later, Quinton Griffith created his own scoring opportunity on the right side of the box, but his shot missed wide.
After a series of missed Battery opportunities, Cordoves found the back of the net to make it 1-0 in the 21st minute. Fisk cleverly lobbed a pass over the Barracudas defense to Cordoves, who easily placed it into the left side of the opposition’s goal. Just two minutes later the Battery scored again, Fisk putting away an opportunity to add to his earlier assist as he drove hard down the left side of the field, made a nice move and buried it past the Barracudas goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
The Battery added another pair of goals late in the game as Dane Kelly made it 3-0 at the 78th minute with a tricky deflection off a Zach Prince corner kick. Prince then added one of his own in the 85th minute with a beautiful finesse shot from distance into the bottom right of the net making it 4-0. Odisnel Cooper recorded his first shutout for the Battery.
“The biggest thing is that we got the win and the three points, that’s what we wanted to do, we also created a lot of chances which allowed us to work on the offensive end of the field a lot tonight,” said Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser on the win.
The Battery are now 1-1-0 in the 2013 season. They return to Blackbaud Stadium next Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 7:30 p.m.