By: Whitney Woods
Charleston, SC Feb. 17, 2014 – The Charleston Battery kicked off its pre-season schedule with a 2-0 victory versus the College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon at Blackbaud Stadium. Jarad van Schaik scored the first goal and trialist Dean Kelly added a second as the Battery began its preparations for the USL PRO season.
The Charleston Battery got off to a quick start with a goal in only the third minute of play from midfielder Jarad van Schaik. The ball was pulled back to van Schaik just inside the 18-yard box and he drilled home a shot high into the roof of the net.
Former Cougar Zachary Prince had a chance to add a second for the Battery in the second period (the scrimmage featured three periods of play as both coaches used multiple players) after Charleston were awarded a penalty-kick but his attempt was saved by the College of Charleston goalkeeper.
Late in the final period the Battery scored a second goal when former CofC striker Luke Huggett snuck in behind the defense, and when his shot was blocked it fell kindly for trialist Dean Kelly to slot home.
The Charleston Battery takes on Coastal Carolina University this Wednesday, February 19 before turning its attention to the Carolina Challenge Cup featuring Major League Soccer on Saturday February 22.
Tickets on sale for Carolina Challenge Cup
Tickets for the 2014 Carolina Challenge Cup featuring Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and Houston Dynamo are on sale now. Carolina Challenge Cup tickets are included in all 2014 Charleston Battery season ticket packages. Season Ticket packages are on sale now starting at only $120. Individual tickets (includes 2 games) are available starting at just $15 with discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
To purchase tickets, for a full game schedule or for more information call (843) 971-GOAL (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
Charleston Battery preseason schedule
2/19 – 5pm vs. Coastal Carolina – Blackbaud Stadium
2/22 – 7:15pm vs. Seattle Sounders FC – Blackbaud Stadium (Carolina Challenge Cup)
2/26 – 7:15pm vs. D.C. United – Blackbaud Stadium (Carolina Challenge Cup)
3/1 – 7:15pm vs. Houston Dynamo – Blackbaud Stadium (Carolina Challenge Cup)
3/7 – 1pm vs. NAIA All-stars – Blackbaud Stadium
3/8 – 2pm at Carolina Railhawks
3/11 – 2pm vs. Wilmington Hammerheads – Blackbaud Stadium
3/13 – 2:30pm at College of Charleston
3/15 – 1pm vs. Clemson – Blackbaud Stadium
3/18 – 11am vs. Georgia Southern – Blackbaud Stadium