Richmond (VA) — The Charlotte Independence won a third-consecutive league game on Saturday night topping the Richmond Kickers 3-1. Independence midfielder Cordell Cato scored twice on Yann Ekra assists, and Yann Ekra scored once on a Cordell Cato assist.
“That’s a big confidence booster for us," said Independence Head Coach Mike Jeffries. "We always have good rivalries in the triangle of us, Charleston, and Richmond, and it’s nice coming up here and winning. It feels good to get one on the road.”
In the 14th minute, Yann Ekra gave the Independence an early lead when he scored his second goal in the past three league games. Just before the halftime break, Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder Cordell Cato doubled the Independence's lead. Cato bagged a brace in the 76th minute on a Yann Ekra assist for his team-tying-best fifth goal of the season.
“I am definitely happy," said Cato. "It’s our first road win of the season, and with the next three games on the road, this was an opportunity to start off with a win and that is what we did.”
The Kickers pulled back a goal when Richmond forward Brian Shriver scored in the 80th minute for the final score of the game.
The Independence will carry their three-game winning streak in the midst of a four-game road trip next Saturday traveling to Ottawa Fury FC. In the 2018 season opener, the Independence beat Ottawa 4-1 at the Sportsplex at Matthews.
28': CLT - Yann Ekra (Cordell Cato)
49': CLT - Cordell Cato (Yann Ekra)
66': CLT - Cordell Cato (Yann Ekra)
80': RIC - Brian Shriver
90+2': CLT – Joel Johnson (YC)
CLT - 8
CLT - 6
RIC - 10
CLT - 58.4%
RIC - 41.6%