USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 17, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Charleston Battery got goals from Chris Tsonis and Atallah Guerra to earn a 2-0 victory against the University of South Carolina in a preseason exhibition on Wednesday night.
After a scoreless first half, Guerra put the Battery ahead as he broke onto a through-ball from fellow Trinidad & Tobago teammate Neveal Hackshaw that put him one-on-one with the Gamecocks goalkeeper for a low finish.
Tsonis put the game away soon after, as he worked a give-and-go on the left before firing a shot on target. The initial shot was saved, but the rebound came straight back to Tsonis, who put away the second chance.
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With a number of starters remaining in Charleston, the Battery used the chance to use a number of the club’s academy players, as both Cole Gulledge and Conor Sloan started the contest. In all, six of the Battery’s Academy players saw action, as Gulledge went the full 90 minutes.
“I knew we might struggle a little bit in the first half, just because [this lineup] hadn’t played together,” Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser said. “We were off a little bit at the beginning… but you could see us start to get more comfortable as they [got used to each other] and the temperature dropped.
“You’re always happy to go on the road and get a win, regardless. Getting two goals and a shutout is good thing any time you can get it.”The Battery conclude their preseason on Saturday as they host the New York Cosmos at MUSC Health Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.