USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, February 21, 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Battery got goals from Justin Portillo, Dante Marini and Austin Savage on Saturday night as they took a 3-1 victory against the College of Charleston at Patriots Point Athletic Complex to take their second win of the preseason.
After fielding a much more experimental lineup on Wednesday night against Coastal Carolina, the Battery opened with a veteran-based side to open on Saturday, and that experience paid off 15 minutes in when Cuban forward Heviel Cordoves laid off a throw-in to Portillo, who moved to his left before firing home a finish from outside the penalty area.
Marini added a second around the half-hour mark as Maikel Chang stole a pass in the attacking third. Chang’s shot was blocked, but the ball rebounded to Cordoves, who forced a pair of saves from Cougars goalkeeper Kevin Shields, only for Marini to finish off the rebound.
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The Battery had a chance to add to their lead early in the second half when Ecuadorian forward Omar Andrade was brought down in the penalty area, but his effort from the spot was well saved. The Cougars then pulled a goal back when Nicolas Jeausseran bent home a free kick into the top-left corner.
The Battery restored their two-goal lead through Savage, however, who volleyed home a cross by Obi Woodbine past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 3-1.
After making a number of roster moves after Wednesday night’s game, Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser was pleased to see his veterans hit their stride.
“It was a little more organized and structured tonight, with the players you know, and I know, the fans know,” Anhaeuser said. “And then we were able to integrate some of the other ones in the second half, and not put them under pressure, whereas the other day it was more of the younger guys trying to go from the beginning, and sometimes they don’t know each other and it doesn’t work.
“But this time you could see, with Justin [Portillo] and some of the other guys, we took control early. But the College still played well. They caused some problems. Some of our former Academy players showed some quality out there, which is a very good sign for the College of Charleston.”
The Battery will host fellow USL club Saint Louis FC in their next preseason outing next Saturday.