Every team has that one team that they just can’t seem to beat. And even though the Armada are just four games old, it’s starting to look like the Charleston Battery are that team. The Armada are 2-2 this preseason, with both losses coming by the hand of the USL club, 1-0 last month and 2-0 today.
The Armada had an ok first half. They had a vast majority of possession, but once again, they had issues connecting and finishing in the forward third. This is now three straight games where this has been the case, leaving the cool finishing of the Union match be the unfortunate outlier (for the moment).
The teams went into break tied at 0-0.
The second half was pretty much the exact opposite of the first. The Armada came out of the break flat and never seemed to get back into the game. The Battery pressured the goal and finally broke through, scoring off of a corner kick. The second goal came from a Charleston penalty kick after an abysmal decision from the referee.
Revisiting my match preview, I predicted that we would see Tommy Krizanovic on the scoresheet. That prediction was way off as Tommy didn’t even dress out for the game.
In the end, it is still preseason, and some lack of chemistry is to be expected. But the regular season kicks off in a month, and something needs to click if the team wants to make noise in the spring half(ish) of the season.