FC Cincinnati loses season opener 2-1 to Charleston Battery

FC Cincinnati loses season opener 2-1 to Charleston Battery
Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-25 22:44:32-04

CHARLESTON, SC -- A late-game goal off a penalty kick for Charleston Battery gave them the edge over FC Cincinnati in the team’s season opener.

FC Cincinnati fell short and lost their season opener 2-1 to Charleston Battery Saturday night at MUSC Health Stadium. 

In a news release, Head Coach Alan Koch stressed that “moments” define games.

“A few momentary lapses cost us dearly,” Koch said. “Charleston are a good team, and coming here is a tough place to play. But our expectations are to get points in every game we play, home or away. We will learn from this match and get ourselves ready for next week.”

Forward Djiby Fall had the lone goal for the club; He out-jumped defender Taylor Mueller in the 59th minute to bury a cross from Andrew Wiedeman and tie the game 1-1.
Charleston Battery scored the winning goal in the 70th minute after Austin Berry tackled Romario Williams from behind, setting up a penalty shot. Justin Portillo’s initial shot was deflected by Mitch Hildebrandt, but Portillo followed through and connected to give Charleston the lead.

FC Cincinnati had the advantage in possession with 59.4 percent, but the Battery had eight shots on goal and FCC had five.