Goals from Luiz Fernando, Andrew Carleton and Jack Metcalf lead Atlanta in win
KENNESAW, Ga. - Atlanta United 2 defeated Charleston Battery 3-1 Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Luiz Fernando, Andrew Carleton and Jack Metcalf each scored to give Atlanta the win and run its unbeaten streak to three matches.
ATL UTD 2 opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Jackson Conway tackled the ball away from Angelo Kelly-Rosales on the edge of the center circle in Charleston's half of the field. Fernando picked up the loose ball, dribbled into the box and used a step-over to his right to create space for a shot before he chipped it over goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky.
Charleston equalized in the 26th minute through Nico Rittmeyer. Taylor Mueller played a bouncing ball behind the Atlanta backline where Rittmeyer ran on to it and poked it into the bottom right corner.
After checking into the match at halftime, Andrew Carleton quickly restored ATL UTD 2's lead in the 49th minute. The play began with Jose Hernandez playing a long ball down the left side for Fernando. The Brazilian ran towards the end line before he cut it back onto his right and laid it off for Carleton, who blasted a left footed shot near the penalty spot into the left side of the net.
Atlanta finished the scoring in the 74th minute when George Bello drew a penalty after he was taken down in the box by Rittmeyer. Jack Metcalf stepped to the spot and drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner for his second of the season.
ATL UTD 2 (7-16-6, 27 points) returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 25 against Indy Eleven at 7:30 p.m. EST at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Atlanta 3, Charleston 1
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Shots: 10-8 Atlanta
Shots on Target: 4-3 Atlanta
Corner kicks: 3-2 Charleston
Fouls committed: 18-17 Charleston
Saves: 2-1 Atlanta
Offside: 3-2 Charleston
Possession: 51-49 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 83-83 Tied
ATL - Luiz Fernando 10'
CHS - Nico Rittmeyer (Taylor Mueller) 26'
ATL - Andrew Carleton (Luiz Fernando) 49'
ATL - Jack Metcalf (penalty) 74'
CHS - Angelo Kelly-Rosales (yellow) 29'
ATL - George Bello (yellow) 48'
ATL - Jackson Conway (yellow) 62'
CHS - Tah Anunga (yellow) 67'
ATL - Wesly Decas (yellow) 90+1'
ATLANTA UNITED 2 STARTING LINEUP
Brendan Moore; Mikey Ambrose, Wesly Decas, George Campbell, Jack Metcalf ©; George Bello, Kevin Kratz, Jose Hernandez, Amir Bashti (Andrew Carleton - 45'); Jackson Conway (Laurence Wyke - 71'), Luiz Fernando (Kevin Barajas - 83').
Substitutes not used: Dylan Castanheira, Laurent Kissiedou, Patrick Okonkwo, Guillermo Benitez.
CHARLESTON BATTERY STARTING LINEUP
Joe Kuzminsky; O'Brian Woodbine, Taylor Mueller ©, Jarad van Schaik, Kyle Nelson (Zeiko Lewis - 67'); Tah Anunga, Dante Marini, Nicholas Rittmeyer, Angelo Kelly-Rosales; Kotaro Higashi (Ian Svantesson - 72'), Ataulla Guerra (Arthur Bosua - 81').
Substitutes not used: A.J. Paterson, Phil Breno, Romario Piggott, Vincenzo Candela.
Natalie Simon (referee), Eric Wood (assistant), Kyle Wittley (assistant), Kevin Huet (fourth official)
Luiz Fernando scored his second goal and recorded his third assist of the season
Andrew Carleton scored his fourth goal of the season
Jack Metcalf scored his second goal of the season
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