The Charleston Battery defeated the Carolina RailHawks 2-1 in a pre-season scrimmage played Tuesday afternoon at the WakeMed Soccer Park, in Cary, North Carolina.
The Battery jumped out to a two goal lead before half time thanks to goals from Quinton Griffith and Micheal Azira. After conceding midway though the second half the Battery held firm to take the win.
Charleston opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a superbly taken goal by midfielder Quinton Griffith. Jose Cuevas and Jarad van Schaik combined on the right side and slipped a pass through to Griffith who drilled a shot past the RailHawks goalkeeper from an acute angle.
The Battery doubled its lead on the 30 minute mark after Micheal Azira ran onto an errant clearance. Azira hit a first-time shot from twenty yards out that whistled just inside the far post.
The RailHawks pulled a goal back on the 70 minute mark after a spell of pressure but were unable to find an equalizer in the final twenty minutes.
The Charleston Battery continues its pre-season schedule next Tuesday afternoon with a 2:30 PM match versus the College of Charleston at Patriots Point.
All preseason home games are free to attend except for Saturday, March 23 versus Wilmington Hammerheads. Tickets for this rematch of the 2012 USL PRO Championship will be $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).
Charleston Battery Pre-Season Schedule
Feb 16 (h) Vancouver Whitecaps L 2-3 Paterson, Kelly
Feb 20 (h) Chicago Fire L 1-2 Cuevas
Feb 23 (h) Houston Dynamo W 2-1 Kelly, Savage
Feb 28 (a) College of Charleston W 3-0 Griffith, Kelly (2)
Mar 2 (a) Clemson University W 5-0 Savage, Prince, Bardsley, van Schaik, Cuevas
Mar 5 (h) Georgia Southern W 4-1 Cordoves, Cuevas, Mueller, Bardsley
Mar 7 (h) Coastal Carolina, 6pm W 2-1 Cuevas (2)
Mar 14 (a) Carolina Railhawks, 3pm. W 2-1 Griffith, Azira
Mar 19 (a) College of Charleston, 2:30pm
Mar 23 (h) Wilmington Hammerheads, 6pm