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Battery held by Dutch Lions, heading to post-season
Update: With the season rounding down, the Battery now knows more details about the playoffs.
The Charleston team finished as the third seeded team in USL PRO and will host a quarterfinal playoff match on Saturday, August 25, at Blackbaud Stadium with kick off set for 7:30 p.m. The Battery will face the Harrisburg City Islanders in a match to decide who will advance to take on the second seeded Rochester Rhinos in the semifinal round.
The 0-0 draw with the Dayton Dutch Lions was enough to secure Charleston the third seed and with it the home advantage in the quarterfinal round.
Tickets for the Battery's quarterfinal playoff game are on sale now from $10 to $18. To purchase tickets call (843) 971-4625 or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
First reporting: The Charleston Battery tied the Dayton Dutch Lions 0-0 in their final regular season match on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 4,599.
Still, the Battery was able to advance to the post-season but must wait on results from Sunday's games to find out if they will host a quarterfinal match next Saturday night or have to play on the road.
"Dayton defended well and we couldn't seem to break them down to finish our chances," said Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser. "I thought we played well and kept the ball moving at a high tempo but we just couldn't quite find the finish we were looking for."
In the first half the Charleston Battery put pressure on the Dayton Dutch Lions with several near goal opportunities. Midfielder Jose Cuevas had the closest chance when Tony Donatelli served a ball in behind the Dayton defenders on top of the goal line. Cuevas took a one-time shot that somehow managed to fall wide of the target.
While the Battery held majority of the possession they failed to hit their shots on frame and forced Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams to make few saves.
The Battery started the second half of the match strong when midfielder Nicki Paterson was taken down in the box. Paterson stepped up to take the penalty shot placing it low to the right corner of the net but Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams made a diving save to keep the game even.
In stoppage time Cuevas found himself free on goal again with what looked like it was going to be a game winner but his shot just barely nicked the post.
2012 Charleston Battery Player Awards:
Betsy McAdams Newcomer of the Year Award: Jose Cuevas
Derek Revord Memorial Defender of the Year Award: John Wilson
Charleston Battery Offensive Player of the Year: Nicki Paterson
David Vaughn Memorial Award: Colin Falvey
Nigel Cooper Player of the Year Award: Nicki Paterson
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