CHARLESTON, SC July 20, 2014 – If the Charleston Battery are itching to atone for their 4-0 drubbing Saturday at Richmond, at least they won’t have long to wait. The Battery hosts the Kickers Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Blackbaud Stadium in a game rescheduled from June 27 by dangerous weather.
Lightning flashed near the stadium during warm-ups that night, forcing players off the field and fans to take shelter under the stands. The game got underway after a 45-minute delay, but a new outbreak of lightning in the 18th minute forced a second delay, and ultimately the postponement of the match.
Contrary to initial reports that indicated the postponed match would be resumed in the 18th minute, the league and both teams later agreed to wipe the slate clean for the July 22 restart. Tuesday’s game will be played for the full 90 minutes, with no statistics or disciplinary actions carried over from June 27.
Since the original attempt to play this match at the end of last month, Richmond (10-1-8) has drawn Wilmington on the road and the Real Salt Lake Reserves at home, and beaten Sacramento and Charleston at home. Charleston has lost to Harrisburg (4-1) and Richmond (4-0) on the road and drawn Charlotte 0-0 at home. The results strengthened Richmond’s hold on second place in USL PRO, while Charleston fell to 13th place in the table, tied on points with Pittsburgh and Dayton for the fewest in the league (17).
Despite executing the team’s game plan well for the first 44 minutes of Saturday’s match, Charleston lost its grip on the contest when it surrendered two goals to Richmond in the final minute of the first half. With the team pressing for a comeback in the second, the Battery often left their back line exposed, and eventually conceded twice more.
Richmond enters Tuesday’s match with two of its forwards — Matt Delicate and George Davis IV — ranked 2nd and 4th in points and 1st and fifth in goals, respectively. Veteran target man Delicate leads USL PRO with 13 goals in 18 appearances, and Davis has been a merciless one-man wrecking crew against Charleston this season.
The Battery are an abysmal 2-7-1 on the road, and only slightly better (2-1-4) at home. On the bright side, they’ve given up just five goals in seven league matches at Blackbaud, but simply haven’t been able to score goals consistently anywhere.. Five Battery men share the team lead in goals with two apiece.
The team lost a regular contributor to the attack last week when Andre Lewis — the teenage Jamaican phenom on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps — injured his right knee in an exhibition against SC United Bantams in Columbia.
But Charleston also added a familiar face last week when 2012 Rookie of the Year and USL PRO Championship MVP Jose Cuevas signed for the balance of the season. Cuevas rarely unlocked the Kickers’ defense in the first half on Saturday, but improved in the second, setting up teammates several times with the kinds of passes Battery coaches have been asking for all season.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Road. Fans can exchange their June 27th tickets for free entry to the stadium, and there will be no charge for parking. The club will be offering $2 beer all night.
Tickets are $10-$18. Call 843-971-GOAL (4625) to order, or go online at charlestonbattery.com.