Capital Area Soccer League Elite (USASA) 2 : 4 Charleston Battery (USL-2)
7:30 p.m. ET – Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, SC
Charleston: Brandon Massie 7’ (Coleman),
Charleston: Levi Coleman 12’,
Charleston: Zach Prince 42’ (Bolton),
CASL Elite: Tim Merritt 53’,
Charleston: Tom Heinenmann 68’ (Massie)
CASL Elite: Dustin Swinehart 80’ (Merritt)
The Charleston Battery welcomed some familiar names to Blackbaud Stadium, but sent the former pros of CASL Elite back to Raleigh, NC with a 4-2 defeat.
The Battery opened the scoring quick on a 7th minute goal from Brandon Massie, loff a pass from Levi Coleman. Coleman then added a goal of his own five minutes later after capitalizing on an errant back bass to CASL goalkeeper Matt Waldrop. Charleston took a 3-0 lead into the half when Zach Prince knocked in a low shot off a pass from Josh Bolton.
CASL finally got on the board in the 53rd minute when former Miami FC midfieder Tim Merritt scored from twenty yards out. Merritt nearly added another a few minutes later, but was unable to control Dustin Swinehart’s cross. Charleston pushed their lead back to three goals when substitute Tom Heinemann scored just eight minutes after entering the game. Former Charlotte Eagle Swinehart netted a consolation goal for CASL in the 80th minute, but it was all too little too late for the USASA club.
Keith Wiggans, Yeniel Bermudez, Colin Falvey, Nigel Marples, Mike Zaher, Zach Prince, Josh Bolton, Alioune Gueye, Stephen Armstrong (Jon Gruenewald 78), Brandon Massie (Lamar Neagle 85), Levi Coleman (Tom Heinemann 60)
Players Not Used – Tim Melia, Ian Fuller, Rudolph Mayard, Amaury Nunes
SHOTS: 13 (Prince 3); SAVES: 2 (Wiggans 2); FOULS: 6 (Falvey 3); CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 7; PENALTY KICKS: (NONE); CAUTIONS: (NONE); EJECTIONS: (NONE)
Matt Waldrop, Tim Evans (Chiedu Chukwumah 71), Mike Walters, Shane Carew, John Ball, Steven Curfman, Pat Danford (Dustin Swinehart 50), Tim Merritt, John Queeley (Dave Sartorio 59), Scott Schweitzer, Jacob Coggins
Players Not Used – Cass Baltz, Daniel Shields
SHOTS: 10 (Ball 2); SAVES: 3 (Waldrop 3); FOULS: 3; CORNER KICKS: 7; OFFSIDES: 1; PENALTY KICKS: (NONE); CAUTIONS: Coggins 76; EJECTIONS: (NONE)
Referee: Skye Arthur-Banning
Assistant Referees: Eric Proctor, Patrick Baker
Weather: Clear, 80