The Charleston Battery defeated the Dayton Dutch Lions by a score of two goals to none Sunday night at Beavercreek Stadium. Forwards Haviel Cordoves and Omar Salgado supplied the goals as the Battery won its second consecutive match to move into third position in the USL PRO standings.
It was gritty performance by the Battery players who were playing a second match on the weekend after Friday's 4-0 win in Harrisburg. Despite the heavy legs Charleston were the stronger team and defended resolutely throughout. Goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper faced nine shots and recorded three saves to earn his third shut-out of the season.
Charleston came close to scoring in the 9th minute after midfielder Aminu Abdallah clipped a weighted pass through the middle to forward Mamadou Diouf. Under pressure from the defender Diouf managed to get a shot away but the strike missed wide of the right post.
Odisnel Cooper was called into action in the 23rd minute as Dayton swung a cross into the middle from the right side. Forward Aaron Schoenfeld met the cross but Cooper saved his headed attempt.
In the 34th minute Dayton came close again this time with winger Eli Garner cutting past Taylor Mueller onto his right foot twelve yards out. Garner drilled a shot at goal but Cooper dove to his left and tipped the ball around the post.
The Battery broke the deadlock three minutes later after Dayton tried to play a square pass thirty yards out but Haviel Cordoves read the pass and nicked the ball away. Cordoves dribbled in on goal, rounded Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams and slotted home from close range to give Charleston a 1-0 lead.
After the break Charleston continued to cause problems for Dayton with Abdallah and Jarad van Schaik controlling possession in the midfield. In the 77th minute Abdallah almost scored the Battery's second after Maikel Chang set the ball back to him at the edge of the box. Abdallah lashed a shot at the goal but Williams just managed to turn it over the bar.
Substitute forward Omar Salgado put the result beyond doubt in the 87th minute after he earned a corner-kick. Zach Prince whipped the ball into the middle and Salgado snapped a header past Williams into the bottom corner of the goal.
The Charleston Battery returns to Blackbaud Stadium next Saturday night for a 7:30 PM match versus the Wilmington Hammerheads.