By: Battery Media
The Charleston Battery earned a point in a 0-0 draw with Detroit City FC on Wednesday at Patriots Point. The night was hampered by a three-hour weather delay due to lightning that persisted throughout the area. Battery goalkeeper Trey Muse registered four saves in the result, his sixth shutout of the USL Championship regular season.
After the collective three-hour-long weather delay, which came in two stints, Charleston and Detroit were underway at Patriots Point at 10:36 p.m. ET. Both sides adjusted to the rain-soaked pitch in the early stages. Goalkeeper Trey Muse made the night’s first save in the 11th minute, a calm denial of Connor Rutz from inside the box.
Muse was tested again in the 23rd minute by Ben Morris, making another strong save on a shot from inside the box. Morris broke through the Battery’s back line, but Muse stayed calm in the play.
The Battery nearly found the back of the net in the latter moments of the first half with Augi Williams, Derek Dodson and Beto Avila leading the charge up top, but the match was scoreless at halftime. Charleston held a majority of possession with roughly 54% retention.
Play resumed in the second half with much of the same attitude as the first 45 minutes. Muse was called into action again in the 52nd minute to make an easy save on Abdoulaye Diop.
Charleston almost scored the opening goal past the hour mark. Chris Allan sprung a counterattack from the defensive third and played the ball to Beto Avila in the final third. Avila’s strong forced Nate Steinwascher to make a crucial save from close range. On the ensuing corner kick, Allan curled in a shot that was narrowly wide of the far post.
Both teams limited each other in their chances on offense as the half wore on, uneager to allow a match-winning goal. The Battery almost found the decisive tally in the 86th minute when Arturo Rodriguez muscled his way into the box, only to have his short-range strike blocked by a defender.
The final whistle sounded after a late Battery push for a goal, securing a point for both Charleston and Detroit in the scoreless draw.
As of writing, Trey Muse’s performance puts him tied for the league lead in saves (42) and clean sheets (six). The Battery also remain atop the Eastern Conference standings with the draw, at 7W-3L-4D (25 pts).
Head Coach Ben Pirmann and goalkeeper Trey Muse discussed the match afterward, with key quotes to follow.
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