Matthews (NC) — The Charlotte Independence continue the longest losing streak in franchise history on Saturday night as the team fell to the Charelston Battery 1-0. For a third consecutive season with the Independence in the Southern Derby, Charleston reclaimed their title.
However, the Independence competed well by out-possessing and and out-shooting their rivals. Finishing with 17 total shots opposed to Charleston's six, the Independence were unable to net a goal for the fourth of the last five games.
"I think we are all disappointed in the run and frustrated is a fair word," said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. "In a lot of the games, we actually played pretty good soccer and things haven't quiet gone our way. Sometimes you just need that little break. In this run we haven't got them."
With Saturday night's loss to the Battery, the Independence are no longer in contention for a home playoff spot and will compete in the post season as the fifth seed. The Independence are already looking forward to their rematch of last year's 3-1 playoff loss in Rochester.
"It was a disappointing night, but we're already looking to going to Rochester and taking revenge for last year," said Independence midfielder Jun Marques Davidson. "It'll be fun."
Captain Bilal Duckett on the high tempo to start the game: "The games where we score first are typically games where we don't let teams back in it, so given our past few weeks and coming back home and the field being great and having a good crowd, we felt like we've been playing well for a long time but just struggled to find the back of the net. Our result line has necessarily done justice to the caliber of soccer that we've played."
Midfielder Jun Marques Davidson on being show a red card in last year's playoff game in Rochester: "I forget the bad things in my life. I'm just looking forward to the playoffs."
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Charlotte Independence at Rochester Rhinos – Oct. 21st, 6:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium