The Charleston Battery were left stuck in their woes again Saturday night as two quick goals in each half gave the visitors New Mexico United all three points in the second ever Black and Yellow Derby.
A goal in the sixth minute from Neco Brett left the Battery sputtering out of the gates, and despite growing into the game as the first half went on, a goal just fifteen seconds after half-time from Chris Wehan meant that New Mexico would claim the victory.
It was a return to Charleston for several familiar faces. New Mexico are now managed by former player Zach Prince, who has welcomed his former teammates Alex Tambakis, Justin Portillo, and Mike Azira into his team. Tambakis started in goal, while Portillo took up a familiar role in midfield with Azira coming in off the bench.
Both teams took part in a moment of silence for New Mexico United fan Robert “Stone” Chouinard before kick-off, who was an important part of the New Mexico United fanbase. Given the two clubs’ affinity with one another, it was only right that the club make a gesture of support. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by their loss.
The Battery’s struggles all over the pitch were an issue again, though both Augi Williams and Aidan Apodaca were able to create chances that would have seen the home side find their way back into the match. However, they were unable to truly test Tambakis in the visiting goal.
The loss took the Battery’s record to 1-6-1 for the season as they continue to try to find a way to win games, with only four points collected on the season, but with a host of injuries and new players to bed in, it was always going to be difficult early on.
The Battery will continue to look for an elusive second win of the campaign when they face The Miami FC at home at Patriots Point on May 21st. Kick off is at 7 and the match will also be streamed on ESPN+.
TOP IMAGE: BATTERY STRIKER AIDAN APODACA FIGHTS FOR A BALL WITH A NEW MEXICO DEFENDER IN SATURDAY’S 2-0 LOSS. ROSS ALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO