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Match Preview: Charleston Battery at Louisville City FC

By Sarah Cardamone, 09/01/17, 1:30PM EDT

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Charleston

One week after snapping a seven game winless run, the Battery were back on the losing end last weekend, dropping a 3-1 result to the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium.. Heviel Cordoves scored Charleston’s only goal in the second minute of the match.

Oliver Minatel and Sunny Jane scored two unanswered goals in the first half to push the Kickers in front following Cordoves’ early opener. The Cuban center forward had a chance to double his tally and bring the Battery level with Richmond later on in the match, but rung a shot off the post. Yudai Imura converted a free kick in the dying moments to secure the three points for Richmond.

If the Battery are going to get back to their winning form this weekend, they’ll have to do something they’ve never done: win at Slugger Field. Charleston is 0-1-3 at Slugger Field during LouCity’s two years in the USL. Louisville have also knocked the Battery out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

Charleston will be without Romario Williams this weekend in Louisville. The striker was called up for an international friendly in Canada earlier this week. Atlanta United loanees Miles Robinson and Alex Tambakis are available for the match.  

Louisville

Louisville have had an up and down run of form of late, going 3-2-0 in their last five games. That five game stretch included two 5-0 wins over FC Cincinnati and Harrisburg City Islanders and a puzzling 3-0 loss to Orlando City B at home.

Ten different Louisville players have scored at least once in Louisville’s last five matches, with Luke Spencer and Mark Anthony Kaye finding the back of the net three times each. Spencer leads Louisville in scoring with eight goals in 17 appearances. The 6-2 center forward has tremendous ability in the air and will be a player to watch in Saturday’s match.

Previous Meetings

June 3, 2017 - MUSC Health Stadium - Charleston Battery (4) - Louisville City (4)

  • Scoring Summary - Romario Williams (11, 32); Oscar Jimenez (45); Maikel Chang (48); George Davis IV (60); Brian Ownby (79); Ricky Garbanzo (73); Lasso OG (82)  

July 8, 2017 - MUSC Health Stadium - Charleston Battery (1) - Louisville City (1)

  • Scoring Summary - Justin Portillo (23); Ilija Ilic (27)

Game Notes

Records

  • Charleston: 11-6-8; goals 42; goals against 28; GD +14
    • Home: 7-1-5; goals 27 ; goals against 12 ; GD +15
    • Away: 4-5-3; goals 15; goals against; 17; GD -2
  • Louisville: 13-5-5; goals 44; goals against 24; GD +20
    • Home: 7-2-2; goals 22; goals against 9; GD +13
    • Away: 6-3-3; goals 22; goals against 15; GD +7

Form

  • Charleston: D | L | D | W | L
  • Louisville:  L | W | W | W | L

Statistical Leaders

  • Charleston
    • Goals: Romario Williams (15)
    • Assists: Justin Portillo (6)
    • Points: Romario Williams (32)
    • Minutes: Taylor Mueller, Justin Portillo (2,250)
  • Louisville
    • Goals: Luke Spencer (8)
    • Assists: Oscar Jimenez (5)
    • Points: Luke Spencer (16)
    • Minutes: Oscar Jimenez (1,856)

Previous

  • Charleston Battery vs. Richmond (L | 1-3)
    • Charleston goals: Heviel Cordoves (2)
    • Richmond goals: Sunny Jane (17), Oliver (36), Yudai Imura (90)
  • Louisville vs. Orlando (L | 0-3)
    • Louisville goals: none
    • Orlando goals: Michael Coxx (15, 27); Timbo (53)