Matthews (N.C.) — The Charlotte Independence continue a nine game unbeaten streak with the goalless draw with the Richmond Kickers on Wednesday, July 26. This streak began with a tie against FC Cincinnati on June 10 and included six consecutive victories. The goalless match keeps the Independence in second place to the Charleston Battery, who sit in first place with just 3 points above the Independence.
“We still take it one game at a time,” said defender Austin Yearwood, when asked if knowledge of the table affects the team. “The mentality doesn't change for us.”
Goalkeeper Kyle Renfro made his first start of the season as Cody Mizell suffered a knock against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday, July 21. Mizell’s injury is not serious, and did not play due to precautionary measures. Renfro also recorded a clean sheet on his first night out, making two crucial saves.
“Coach Jeffries told me that I was the man, and to just come out and enjoy it and have fun,” Renfro said. “And that's exactly what I did.”
While the game ended without a goal, action was plentiful. Both sides were shown two yellow cards for heavy challenges - for the home side, Joel Johnson and Enzo Martinez, and for the visitors, Braeden Troyer and and Samuel Asante. The Independence took 16 shots, forcing six saves from goalkeeper Matt Turner.
“We're happy with how we're playing,” said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. “We know that this is the time of year where we want to push and get points.”
The Independence are back in action this Saturday against Bethlehem Steel FC.