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Battery and Riverhounds share points in a goalless stalemate

    Charleston Battery

June 8, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston Battery played the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC to a scoreless draw at Patriots Point on Saturday. The 0-0 result marks the 17th all-time draw between the two clubs. The defense dominated the night and only five shots on target were recorded, two by the Battery and three by the Riverhounds.

It was a mixed bag in the early stages of the first half. Pittsburgh registered five shots during the opening 20 minutes, but only one was on target, with the Battery retaining nearly 70% of possession in that time.

Charleston’s defense absorbed the visitors’ pressure well and goalkeeper Daniel Kuzemka made two excellent saves in the first half.

The Battery and Riverhounds went into halftime with the score tied at 0-0. Charleston had just under 69% of possession in the first half, but registered only one shot on target (Juan David Torres, 33′).

Kuzemka was tested again early in the break and had to make a save to deny Robbie Mertz in the 52nd minute.

Much of the intensity between the sides began to dampen as the half progressed. This trend continued until the hour mark, until Ben Pirmann made a number of attacking adjustments, with Diego Gutierrez and Josh Drack coming into the game in the 65th minute.

The Battery sent a handful of shots after the personnel change, including an effort on goal from Graham Smith in the 74th minute. On the other hand, Charleston’s defense held Pittsburgh without a shot on goal for the rest of the evening.

Despite Charleston’s late try for the winner, the match ended in a 0–0 draw. It is the seventeenth draw in the all-time series between Charleston and Pittsburgh.

The clean sheet was Daniel Kuzemka’s third of the year and second in as many games. Charleston currently leads the league in shutouts with eight.

Saturday’s draw moves the Battery’s record to 8W-1L-5D (29 points), putting them second in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of first-place Louisville and six points ahead of third-place Indy.

Head Coach Ben Pirmann and midfielder Aaron Molloy discussed the match after the final whistle, after which the most important quotes followed.

Coach Pirmann about the course of the match…

You want to score the goal, I thought we felt very comfortable. I don’t know the exact stats, but 70% possession in the first half. We need to convert that possession into more quality chances, or even just more chances. You want to score the goal, you want to win all three points. We knew how tough it was going to be against Pittsburgh. They are as good a defensive group as we are and we are currently struggling to find the back of the net at a high, consistent pace. We have to make sure we seize the moment to create opportunities.

We wanted to kind of entice them to play and that worked a few times, but technically it just didn’t work, so we’re putting it all together. The season is approaching the halfway mark and the biggest thing we can improve on is finishing those chances. That’s the hardest thing in football.

We’ve lost one game so far, but we’ve had a lot of positive momentum and energy. I love this team, I love this group. We are happy to be where we are now, we just want to keep getting better.

Coach Pirmann after consecutive goalless draws…

Two 0-0 draws in a row, we played good football, we did well. The energy is there, the desire is there. We’ll regroup on Monday and get ready for Detroit, which is very strong, especially defensively, and we’ll push through and go from there.

You want to win for whatever reason, you want to be champion, you want to get first place, you just want to keep getting as many points as possible. You want to win because we are at home and our supporters pay and come and they were great all night. That’s what it’s about. You want to win for them, the community and ourselves.

Molloy about dominating possession, but not converting opportunities…

You can’t really complain. All we can ask is that we get the opportunities. It’s just a chance to score in the back of the net and it would be more frustrating if we didn’t have any chances at all. We just have to take it one step at a time and look forward to next week’s game.

We want to keep the ball as much as possible and get as many chances as possible. I thought we played well and shout out to the back four and Daniel Kuzemka, he kept another clean sheet for the year. It’s up to the rest of us to put the ball back in the net. Unfortunately we didn’t get three points tonight.

Molloy on the fan support at Patriots Point tonight…

Drawing at home is really frustrating. So many people come to the Games and you want to put on a show for them. You want to get three points and be at the top of the table and compete for trophies, that’s what we’re going for. So it is very frustrating that we cannot get all three points.

(The support from our fans) means a lot. If things go well, we’ll hear from the fans. It’s something that goes a long way here at Patriots Point because they’re the twelfth player, so to speak. So we heard them, they’re nice and loud, so hopefully their support will continue.

Charleston will now shift its focus to a pair of away games, against Detroit City FC (June 15) and Phoenix Rising FC (June 22). The Battery returns to Patriots Point on Friday, June 28 to host North Carolina FC for Red, White and Blue Night, including post-match fireworks. Tickets for the match are now on sale via SeatGeek.com, the club’s exclusive digital ticketing provider.

Setups:

CHS: Kuzemka, Segbers, Archer, Smith, Dossantos (Drack, 65′), Molloy, Allan, Markanich, Ycaza (Gutierrez 65′), Torres, Myers (Conway, 80′)

PIT: Dick, Etou, Osumanu, Hogan (Biasi, 81′), Suber, Blackstock (Cayet, 81′), Walti (Sample, 57′), Griffin, Mertz (Forbes, 57′), Kizza, Sterling

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