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Mariners lose to Charleston 1-0

August 22, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Charleston, S.C. – In a match that was delayed by lightning for 45 minutes and played in the driving rain most of the game, Paul Conway’s penalty kick was all that was needed to secure the second win in three nights for the Charleston Battery over the Virginia Beach Mariners. Charleston outlasted the Mariners Friday night 2-1 at the Sportsplex.

Both the Mariners and the Battery have been eliminated from post-season play, but the match was hard-fought, coming down to the shot from the penalty spot in the 67th minute of play when Mariner defender Russell Hutchison collided with Charleston forward Greg Simmonds in the box.

Both teams had scoring opportunities beginning with Charleston just five minutes in when Steve Klein’s shot from 20-yards sailed over the crossbar. Mariner midfielder Jeff Bilyk replied ten minutes later with a shot from 25 yards that forced Battery keeper Chris Doyle to make the save. In the 27th minute, Charleston midfielder Josh Smith sent the ball back to Chris Goos who shot wide right and Greg Simmonds followed with a shot that got past Mariner keeper Matt Nelson but was cleared off the line by defender Joe Morelli. In the second half, Mariner forward Carlos Garcia got in twice on Doyle and missed wide and Dante Washington worked his way inside with a defender on him and slid the ball across the goalmouth but no one was open to receive the pass. The score remained 0-0 until Conway’s penalty shot. In the 88th minute, Washington had a chance to tie when he sent a blazing header from the near post that missed wide.

We had our chances during the game,” said head coach Shawn McDonald. “We took total control in the second half but when we didn’t take advantage of those chances, it came back to haunt us.”

The Mariners will finish out the 2004 season on Saturday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sportsplex against Syracuse. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 5 and under are free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

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