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Battery Draw 1-1 Phoenix to Open 2023 Season, Booth Scores Opening Goal



By: Charleston Battery Media

The Charleston Battery opened their 2023 season with a spirited 1-1 draw against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, Charleston found the back of the net in the 60th minute via Andrew Booth. Phoenix would equalize nearly 15 minutes later through Danny Trejo to share the points. It was a rowdy crowd of over 3,500 at Patriots Point to kick off the club’s 30th anniversary season.

The first half played on scoreless with mostly half chances for both sides. The best looks for both teams came after the half-hour mark, goalkeeper Trey Muse was forced off his line to make an impressive stop against Rising FC’s Manuel Arteaga. The Battery almost ended the deadlock when Fidel Barajas hit Nick Markanich with a cross inside the box, but Markanich’s on-target effort was saved.

Charleston broke open the game in the 60th minute as Andrew Booth knocked in the first goal of the club’s 2023 season. The play began from a corner kick and that led to Augi Williams firing a short-range shot at goalkeeper Rocco Novo. Novo made the save, but Booth was quickest to the rebound and sent the ball into the back of the net.

Despite the Battery’s strong playing after the goal, Phoenix equalized in the 74th minute via Danny Trejo on a counterattack.

Charleston continued to fight through the final 90 minutes and into stoppage time. Emilio Ycaza received a Deklan Wynne cross in transition but his header was saved. Newly subbed on Tristan Trager fired a shot from the edge of the box that forced Novo to make a diving save.

The Battery made several advances inside the final third but the points were ultimately shared after five minutes of stoppage time played out, with a 1-1 draw to open the 2023 campaign.

Head Coach Ben Pirmann and midfielder Andrew Booth discussed the match after the final whistle.


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