Friday, May 3, 2013
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio -- The Charleston Battery (4-1-0) claimed their fourth consecutive victory as they took a 1-0 win against the Dayton Dutch Lions (2-2-0) on Friday night at Beavercreek Stadium. Dayton struggled early and never recovered, as a lively crowd couldn’t lift the Dutch Lions, who took their second consecutive defeat.
Early possession by the Dutch Lions in the first half failed to capitalize on a seemingly weaker left side of the Battery, although several overlapping runs led to potential opportunities which were all denied by the strong performance of the Battery’s goalkeeper, Kevin Klasila. The Battery then took the lead in the 34th minute after an unfortunate handball in the box by Dutch Lions’ Shane Smith led to a penalty kick, which was converted by Nicki Paterson for his second goal in as many games and a 1-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Battery elevated their play with defensive coverage that the Dutch Lions couldn't overcome. Early in the second half, the Smith sent in a deep corner kick which found Gregory Preciado’s head, but the ball sailed high and over the crossbar. Charleston almost added a second in the 63rd minute, creating several tense moments in the Dutch Lions’ penalty area, but Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams wasn't troubled by a finish as his defense was able to clear the danger.
Dayton continued to push for an equalizer, Eli Garner pushing a dangerous through-ball to the middle of the Battery penalty area only for Charleston’s defense to deny the opportunity. The Battery continued to play well defensively, and were able to withstand the late pressure applied by the Dutch Lions, claiming two wins from two on their road trip.
Clearly disappointed by the loss, Dayton Dutch Lions’ coach Patrick Bal felt the Dutch Lions had possession for the majority of the game, but were unable to create enough good chances.
“Our lack of speed and precision left us with no true chances for the win,” Bal said. “While I don’t think we deserved to lose, I’m not sure we deserved a win either.”