Jarad van Schaik and Arthur Bosua played starring roles as the Battery defeated Nashville SC by a scoreline of 3-1 on Saturday night.
Van Schaik would get things moving in the 15th minute on the half volley from a cross by Obi Woodbine, which van Schaik would blast into the top corner to put his side ahead. On the other side of the break, Bosua would double his side’s lead, when on a feed from Kotaro Higashi, he dispatched past Matt Pickens in goal from the top of the box.
With just over a quarter of an hour left, van Schaik scored his second of the evening with a curling free kick that came off the under side of the crossbar. In the ensuing melee, Bosua was there to pick up the rebound and head home to make sure, but the goal was ultimately awarded to van Schaik, who had a brace on the night. Nashville pulled one back late on, when Obi Woodbine tangled himself up with his marker in the box, leading to Daniel Rios dispatching from 12 yards, but the home side would take all three points.
The action began in the 15th minute, when Arthur Bosua would lose a header in the air, but the ball would eventually find the feet of Obi Woodbine on the right side, swinging the ball in. The on rushing Bosua would miss his acrobatic effort, but the ball would sit up well as Jarad van Schaik stormed in, smashing the ball toward goal on the half volley and past the goalkeeper to open the scoring.
It was a tidy finish from van Schaik, now one of the leaders in the team having been in Black and Yellow for a number of years, and he was clearly ecstatic with the effort, not known for scoring many.
The two teams continued to create and feel each other out, before Zeiko Lewis and Kotaro Higashi would combine on the counter in the 41st, leading to a curling effort from Lewis on the edge of the box, but it would go wide of the far post and out for a goal kick.
Following the break, Daniel Ros would fire a shot from the edge of the box after receiving a well placed through ball on 52′, but his shot was deflected out for a corner that was cleared.
On 64′, the home side would double their lead through a well weighted Kotaro Higashi through ball, and Arthur Bosua would keep himself onside as the ball put him 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, who rushed out to try and cut down the angle, but Bosua stuck it into the bottom corner, giving his side a 2-0 lead.
Bosua had a point to prove Saturday, starting for the injured Ian Svantesson, and while there were growing pains, as there would be, Bosua took his goal well on what was his full debut for the Black and Yellow.
On 73′, the Battery had a free kick roughly 25 yards from goal to the right, with Jarad van Schaik at the controls. Van Schaik would have a pop at goal from distance, with the ball clattering off the underside of the bar and back down. It eventually bounced back to the on rushing Bosua, who headed in to put his side further ahead.
Though the goal was later given for van Schaik’s effort, Bosua made sure, and all the same, the Battery were 3-0 up.
Van Schaik had another free kick saved on 82′ from a similar position, though Pickens in goal would palm away well to deny him another.
And then, on 88, Obi Woodbine would get tangled up with a Nashville attacker in the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Daniel Rios would convert past Joe Kuzminsky, and Nashville made it 3-1.
And that was how it finished. The Battery were in need of a solid performance, and they got it from not only the goal scorers, but a number of players all over the pitch.
The Battery next face Memphis 901 FC on Saturday, April 27. Kick off is scheduled for 8:00PM.
TOP IMAGE: BATTERY PLAYERS CELEBRATE JARAD VAN SCHAIK’S OPENING GOAL. ROSS ALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO