USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, March 6, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Charleston Battery overcame a short bench to earn a 0-0 draw with Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday afternoon at Patton Park in a preseason exhibition.
The Battery were without a number of players, who were held out due to minor knocks, but center back Taylor Mueller put in a positive performance as he marshalled the side’s defense to limit Jacksonville’s chances.
“Defensively it went pretty well,” said Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser. “Both games. Obviously today, the second game in three days, we got a little bit tired, but we kept a good shape and defended well and held them off, essentially being at their home field.”
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Facing a side that included 2015 USL Golden Boot winner, Matt Fondy, the Battery had to call upon a pair of reinforcements from the club’s academy in Conor Sloan and Cole Gulledge, both of whom drew praise from Anhaeuser for their 30-minute performances.
While the side wasn’t able to create as many scoring opportunities as it did in a 1-1 draw with Miami FC on Thursday, Mueller was pleased with the way the Battery maintained its defensive shape throughout the game.“Whenever we’re on the road, if we get a shutout, that’s successful to us,” Mueller said. “We didn’t have as many opportunities today. We weren’t keeping the ball as well. Maybe that has something to do with heavy legs. But overall our shape stayed pretty good. I think everybody had a pretty good understanding where they need to be.”