Loudoun United and the Charleston Battery finished out their season series Friday night after three games of varying game states and results, but the results remained the same as the Battery completed the 4-game sweep of Loudoun with a 1-0 win in front of 3,059 at Patriots Park.
Most of the lineup from last week’s scoreless draw with Charlotte returned for this. For D.C. United players, Jacob Greene and Michael DeShields were given the night off, Robby Dambrot returned to the starting lineup as Jeremy Garay and Kimarni Smith started as well.
Loudoun started the first part of the game well, though their shots resulted in little threat. Following an incident where Burke Fahling pulled Nicky Downs to the ground in the Battery area, Logan Gdula slid through Robby Dambrot in the area moments later, resulting in a penalty kick for Kimarni Smith to take.
Battery keeper Paul Lewis was up to the task to keep things scoreless going into halftime:
Access: denied. #CHSvLDN | #CB93 #UpTheBattery pic.twitter.com/kvlW27iDQ9— Charleston Battery (@Chas_Battery) August 14, 2021
Into the second half, Loudoun did not let the PK miss deter them, as they continued to press the Battery; Sammy Sergi came in at halftime to help with the press, Giovanni Montesdeoca and D.C. Academy player Jackson Hopkins came on to help with the attack.
In the 79th minute, a Robbie Crawford shot from the top of the area was a killer:
— Charleston Battery (@Chas_Battery) August 14, 2021
Crawford's shot is perfectly placed and powers through Loudoun's defense for the Diamonds Direct goal! 1-0!#CHSvLDN | #CB93 @LovePassionDD pic.twitter.com/0RsIx2jWSk
Loudoun (2-14-1) hosts Indy Eleven next Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm at Segra Field.
USL Championship Regular Season - Game 17
Charleston Battery 1 (Crawford 79)
Loudoun United FC 0 (Smith (PKM 38))
Charleston (442): Paul Lewis; Logan Gdula (Frank Godarse 67), Erik McCue, A.J. Paterson (C), Temilioluwa Adesodun (Josh Penn 90+1); Dionysius Harmon (Geobel Perez Oquendo 65), Burke Fahling, Zeiko Lewis, Romario Piggott; Claudio Repetto (Robbie Crawford 64), Nicque Daley
Loudoun (343): Jermaine Fordah; Hassan Pinto (Massimo Ferrin 82), Timmy Mehl (C), Alexxon Saravia; Kairou Amoustapha (Giovanni Montesdeoca 62), Nicky Downs, Jeremy Garay, Robby Dambrot (Owen Walz 82); Ted Ku-DiPietro; Kimarni Smith (Jackson Hopkins 75), Darluis Paz (Sammy Sergi 46)
Charleston - Harmon 56, Piggott 84, Oquendo 90+8
Loudoun - Downs 4, Garay 30, Fordah 84, Hopkins 90+5