USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, February 18, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery fell 2-1 to Coastal Carolina on Wednesday night in the first scrimmage of their preseason at MUSC Health Stadium.
The contest was played over three 35-minute periods, which gave Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser some leeway to experiment. The first period saw a pair of Academy players take the field in Andrew Carleton and Christopher Goslin, as the Battery’s lineup got progressively more experienced as the game went on.
The Chanticleers took the lead in that opening period as midfielder Martin Melchor struck home a finish from the left side of the penalty area. The Battery had a chance to level from the penalty spot in the second period when former Clemson forward Kyle Fisher was brought down in the penalty area, but Maikel Chang missed the target with his penalty kick.
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Coastal Carolina doubled its lead moments later as Charleston goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, on loan from Atlanta United FC, was able to make a good save on an initial effort from a corner, but the rebound was knocked home to make it 2-0.The Battery pulled a goal back as Taylor Mueller flicked in a corner kick by Ricky Garbanzo in the third period, but as hard as Charleston pushed to find an equalizer, the Chanticleers’ defense held on to take victory.