The Charleston Battery and St. Louis FC battled to a draw in a 0-0 stalemate on Saturday.
It was a physical battle for both sides, with individual battles being fought everywhere across the pitch, but neither team could come up with that extra bit of quality to set themselves apart.
Joe Kuzminsky was forced into a save in the second minute, when St. Louis gained possession from a loose ball high up the pitch, but the Battery ‘keeper would produce a good save to stop the visitors from opening the scoring.
He was then called upon again shortly after, when St. Louis earned a free kick just outside the box. The ball went past the wall and looked to be headed for the bottom left corner, but Kuzminsky got down well and hung on to diffuse the danger.
And then, on 29′ a cross from Dante Marini led to some good control in the middle of the area by Zeiko Lewis, who flicked the ball toward the onrushing Arthur Bosua, but his diving header was just wide.
Marini was involved again on 37′, when his low shot from distance was deflected behind for a corner, but the set piece was cleared away.
Two minutes later, a long range effort from Marini looked to be headed toward the top corner only to go just over the bar.
And that’s how the first half ended. St. Louis looked to have the better of things early, though the home side came into things as the half went on.
And the second 45 would take a minute to really get going. A St. Louis free kick was cleared away and set up a counter by the Battery through second half substitute Nicque Daley and Zeiko Lewis, but though there was speed in the break, Daley’s eventual shot went wide.
Arthur Bosua looked to create a chance after receiving the ball following a tackle in midfield, but his cross was just behind Romario Piggott in the middle.
The visitors were awarded a free kick deep in second half stoppage time, and the ball was served into a dangerous area but eventually cleared by the Battery defense.
And that’s how it finished. The two teams weren’t to be separated, sharing the points in what was a tough battle for both sides.
The Battery will next begin their US Open Cup campaign away from home against the Greenville Triumph on Wednesday, May 15. Kick off is scheduled for 7PM.
TOP IMAGE: ARTHUR BOSUA’S DIVING HEADER IN THE FIRST HALF GOES WIDE. ROSS ALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO