Charleston defeated the Houston Dynamo 4 – 1. It’s the third time this year the Battery have defeated the Dynamo, once in the Carolina Challenge Cup in February, once on the road as part of the new MLS/USL affiliation and finally on the return leg of that agreement in front of 3,000 fans at Blackbaud Stadium.
Charleston set the tone early with a Battery defender Cody Ellison receiving a yellow card in the 30 second of play, showing the Dynamo that they were in for a long night.
The Battery pressed the attack and threaten to score early when Jose Cuevas got in behind the Dynamo Defense and attempted to chip the on rushing keeper but his shot when just wide. Nicki Paterson found the net in the 18 minute to open up the scoring for the Battery. After being awarded a foul about 25 yards from goal, Paterson’s free kick bent over the wall and beat the Dynamo’s reserve keeper, Tyler Deric.
It wasn’t until the second half when the Battery would score again. This time, 2012 USLPRO rookie of the year, Jose Cuevas opened his account for the season as he slotted in from an acute angle. Houston responded immediately with a goal by part-time Richmond Kicker, part-time Houston Dynamo Brian Ownby.
Paterson scored his second of the night as he neatly headed a ball from the six yard box into the bottom corner of the net, celebrating in front of the fans with a little jig. And in his first appearance in eight matches, Quinton Griffith supplied him with the assist. Just before full time Griffith would find the net himself, deftly volleying a Jose Cuevas cross to bring the score to 4-1.
Man of the Match was Nicki Paterson. Paterson two goals and command of the midfield made him the stand out player of the night. But the entire squad deserves credit for a near complete performance.
Next up for the Battery is a U.S. Open Cup match against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night followed by two weekend matches in USL Pro; Saturday against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Sunday against the Rochester Rhinos.