Game Recaps presented by Wells Fargo
CHARLESTON, SC (Aug. 3, 2016) — The Charlotte Independence on Wednesday night rallied to a 1-1 draw with the Charleston Battery at MUSC Health Stadium. Charleston went up 1-0 early with a slight breakdown in the Independence defense. But it was the high pressure system from the Independence that kept the Battery on their heels and opened up the game in the second half.
The Independence were patient and tactical throughout the opening 45 minutes, however, it was not long before Charleston sprang into action. In the 8th minute of play Maikel Chang found the ball at his feet. Taking several touches he passed to Romario Williams, who took a shot beating Independence goalkeeper John Berner near post for a 1-0 lead.
Play settled towards the middle of the half with many corner kick attempts from both sides. Charleston uncovered a counter attack in the 28th minute which led Henry Kalungi to commit a tactical foul resulting in a yellow card for the side.
Another attack in the 41st minute caused Berner to come out and defend off his line. He broke up a forward run from Williams and kept the lead at one, earning the Wells Fargo Save of the Game.
But it was not without a few hopeful looks on goal from the Independence that they remained an offensive threat. This included shots from Zach Pfeffer and Enzo Martinez, whose misses went just wide, and a variety of crosses from David Estrada and Joel Johnson, which found nobody in the box.
The Independence trailed 1-0 at halftime but their energy and aggression would carry over well into the second half. Charlotte came out with high pressure and intensity, putting Charleston on their heels from the start. Substitutions checked in and out, as both sides looked to bring in fresh legs for the attack.
The Independence carried a majority of the possession when they finally found a breakthrough in the 65th minute. A cross from the right side was driven into the box. After a deflection from a Charleston defender, Independence forward Caleb Calvert, with the ball at his feet, took a strike and buried it in the back of the net. This marked his sixth goal of the season and propelled Calvert to number one in goals scored for the Independence.
Brian Brown was another key player for Charlotte in the second half. He tallied multiple shots, including an open goal opportunity in the 67th minute that was just blocked by a tracking Charleston defender.
With some late minute drama, both teams had a look at goal but their defensive sides held strong. The final score was a 1-1 draw, as Charlotte improved their unbeaten road streak to three-games.
The Independence (9-6-5) will be on the road once again this Sunday, Aug. 7, for a rematch with Bethlehem Steel FC (6-8-7) at 4:00pm ET. Charlotte suffered a 1-0 home loss to the Steel earlier this season. Bethlehem is coming off a 3-2 loss against Toronto last week. The Independence will return home to Ramblewood Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a third contest with the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:00 pm.
— Compiled by Ashley Osiecki, Charlotte Independence