The Charleston Battery took three points, beating out Hartford Athletic late, in a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Dillon Stadium.
A fantastic free-kick from Zeiko Lewis in the 41st minute opened the scoring giving the Battery a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Wojciech Wojcik put Hartford on the board in the 57th minute blasting a shot past Joe Kuzminsky from the penalty spot. Mads Jorgensen put Hartford up 2-1 eight minutes later on a stunning goal from about thirty-five yards out.
Ataulla Guerra, who scored his first goal of the season, brought Charleston level. There was a scramble in the box following a Battery corner and defender Leland Archer was able to keep his composure, controlling the cross and find Guerra who slipped it past Due.
Dante Marini would retake the lead for the Battery 92 seconds later beating Due from a tight angle on the left side of the box. The goal was Marini’s third of the season and second against Hartford, both of which proved to be game-winners.
“I relish the opportunities to come in and do whatever the team needs of me,” Marini said after the match. “We’ve spoken as a team about going out and winning games, instead of settling for draws, and it feels unbelievable to go out and help our team accomplish that.”
The Battery head west for next weeks match against Swope Park Rangers on July 27 at 8 p.m. Romario Piggott and Felipe Hernandez scored in a 1-1 draw against the teams at MUSC Health Stadium on June 22. The Battery return home on August 3rd as they take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 p.m.