Game Recaps Presented By Wells Fargo
MONTREAL, QC (July 30, 2016) — The Charlotte Independence on Saturday afternoon recorded their second-straight road victory with a 1-0 shutout over FC Montreal. It is the first time in club history that the Independence has won back-to-back road games. Play was slow at the start, but both teams picked up the energy in the second half. One goal was all the Independence needed to secure the win and better their chances for postseason play.
The Independence started off well with high pressure and combination plays as Lewis Hilton got off an early shot in the 2nd minute. The visitors found themselves in the attacking third again in the 10th minute as a dangerous cross from the left side lead to several passes and another shot by Hilton. The shot was saved by Montreal goalkeeper David Paulmin.
As the half went on, Montreal gained more confidence and momentum. In the 40th minute, they sent a low cross through the six-yard box. The ball passed through the Independence defense, yet no one was there to finish.
The Independence had one final chance during extra time when Patrick Slogic found himself in the attack and sent a cross in from the left side. The cross found the head of forward Caleb Calvert, who set the ball back for Hilton to gain yet another strike on goal. The shot was saved by Paulmin and the score at halftime remained tied at 0-0.
The energy and urgency picked up in the second half for both teams, but the Independence capitalized first.
In the 45th minute, Calvert dribbled up the right side, beat his defender and played a cross into Enzo Martinez. The midfielder took one touch and a strike on goal which found the back of the net. It marked Martinez’ fifth goal of the season as the Independence took the lead 1-0.
Montreal found themselves building an offensive attack just moments later. After a shot from Ballou Jean Yves Tabla, a deflection, and an attempted tap in, Independence goalkeeper John Berner came up with the save. This earned Berner the Wells Fargo Save of the Game and kept the Independence on top. 1-0
Late urgency from FC Montreal would lead to a couple shots on goal, however, the Independence defense did not give in and earned their fourth all-time shutout against Montreal.
The Independence (9-6-4) return to the Carolinas to play the Charleston Battery (10-4-5) on Wednesday, August 3. This will be the second meeting between the teams, as the Independence secured the first with a 3-2 victory on April 16. The Battery will be coming off a game against FC Cincinnati. Charlotte concludes its away game series next week at Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday, August 7. The team will then return home to Ramblewood Stadium to play the Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 pm.
Compiled by Ashley Osiecki, Charlotte Independence