The Battery were defeated by Indy Eleven 1-0 on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It was a slow start to the match as Indy and the Battery were coming off second-round U.S. Open Cup wins this past Wednesday. While both sides struggled to create many first-half scoring chances, the Battery looked the more dangerous side led by forward Kotaro Higashi. Higashi and the Battery were able to play through the middle of Indy’s defensive half, yet the final passes were lacking. Dante Marini would register the Battery’s first shot of the half in the 22nd minute but the shot was blocked, and Indy were able to clear.
Former Battery forward Dane Kelly looked the most lively player in the first half challenging for crosses and long passes into the box but was contained by defenders Taylor Mueller and Leland Archer. Joe Kuzminsky played his part in stopping Kelly from scoring against his old club being the first to a number of dangerous balls in the Battery penalty area.
Indy Eleven substitute Tyler Pasher would prove to be the difference in what looked to be a defensive stalemate. Pasher entered the match at halftime for Kenny Walker and made an immediate impact playing down the left side. In his first action of the second half, Pasher whipped in a dangerous cross that missed Kelly and rolled harmlessly out for a goal kick. It was a glimpse of things to come as the midfielder would create a golden chance for Indy forward Thomas Enevoldsen later in the half but Enevoldsen’s attempt was up and over the bar.
Pasher would eventually score the game winner for Indy in the 84th minute. Continuing his dangerous runs down the left side, Pasher was able to get around Archer and had a shot high at the near post. Kuzminsky mishandled the shot and the ball deflected up into the back of the Battery goal. Indy would play out the final ten minutes limiting Charleston’s chances and looking for a second goal late on a series of successive corners.
“You know, we are two good teams,” said coach Anhaeuser after the match. “It was like a chess match early on; we didn’t want to show them what we had. We were very patient offensively, but it picked up in the second half. We knew it was going to be a match where one goal won it.”
The Battery look to rebound from the loss at MUSC Health Stadium on May 25th as they take on Atlanta United 2 at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.charlestonbattery.com or by calling (843) 971-GOAL.
INDY: Newton, Barrett, Ouimette, Hackshaw, Garcia, Matern (Watson 83’), Gibson, Walker (Pasher, YC 51’, goal 84’), Farias, Enevoldsen (Osmond 90+5’), Kelly (YC 67’)
Substitutes: Farr, Watson, King, Nieto, Pasher, Osmond, Diakhate
CHARLESTON: Kuzminsky, van Schaik, Mueller, Archer, Paterson (Lewis 86’), Candela, Anunga, Piggott (YC 89), Higashi, Marini (Mason 62’), Bosua (Svantesson 68’)
Substitutes: Breno, Mason, Lewis, Daley, Svantesson