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Independence Triumph Against Rochester

By Nicole Randolph, 07/04/17, 6:00PM EDT

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The Independence are victorious at home against the visiting Rochester Rhinos

Following a two and a half hour weather delay, the Independence and the Rhinos took to the field. The Jacks went into the game looking for revenge for past defeats and succeeded in their mission.

 David Estrada struck first for the Independence following a strong build up play and an assist from Alex Martinez, managing to bury the ball in the back of the net. Estrada almost found the net again in the 17th minute, but his header crossed the face of goal and was cleared by the visitors. Goalkeeper Cody Mizell came up big in the 21st minute to deny a breaking Rhino and clear the attack, and Estrada found his second goal only four minutes later as the goalkeeper failed to make a solid clearance to allow another Independence goal. In the 32nd minute of play, Callum Ross received a yellow card, which rules him out of the Tuesday matchup against Pittsburgh due to yellow card accumulation.

As the half ended, lightning appeared in the sky to cause another delay. The second half kicked off close to 11:30 p.m. as both teams were determined to finish the match. In the 67th minute, Rochester found a glimmer of hope following a handball in the box from Joel Johnson, and Wal Fall made no mistake from the penalty spot. The Independence defense managed to stay strong throughout the rest of the match to win the game 2-1.

 The Charlotte Independence are now 2-0 at their new home stadium at Matthews and improve to 6-3-4 in the season. The Jacks now sit fifth in the USL Eastern Conference table. They will play next on Tuesday, July 4th, at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.