Eagles Lose Home Opener 3-2 to Charleston
The Charlotte Eagles were immediately put to the test as they began their 2010 campaign with a home opener against the Charleston Battery. The Battery returned to the USL -2 after competing in USL-1. After the Battery took control with a two goal lead the Eagles were able to respond by tieing the game with a late goal in to the second half, only for Charleston to answer immediately with the goal winning strike of rookie Levi Coleman leading Charleston to their first victory of the season 3-2.
April 17 marked the start of the 2010 campaign in USL-2. The weather was perfect for a home opener with sun and light winds. Fans awaited a great match up between two of USL-2 best. Neither team disappointed.
It took Charleston twenty four minutesto find the back of the net as Pierre Rudolf Mayard found success after receiving a pass from Colin Falvey. Charleston's first goal allowed both teams to settle into a bit of a rhythm. Unfortunately for Charlotte the Battery were able to break through the defense for a second time in the first half by Machael Zaher in minute thirty-two.
Charlotte had their share of opportunities and with their first real break. Debola Ogunseye was able to find Ben Page for a goal just before the half ended.
Half time score 2-1, Charleston.
Charleston, happy with a one goal lead, were able to defend well deep into the second half. Rookie, Debola Ogunseye, finally had something to show for his efforts in minute seventy-eight giving the Eagles new life in a game that began to swing their way.
But it took Charleston just three minutes to answer with rookie Levi Coleman to beat Steward Cues, Eagles Keeper, scoring the winning goal leading Charleston to a 3-2 victory over the Eagles.
After a well fought match the Eagles must recoup and prepare for Richmond on April 24. Debola Ogunseye was named Eagles player of the match with one goal and one assist.
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