Monarchs Stumble in early Season Test
Silver Spring, MD – The stage was set with the top two teams in the league fighting for early dominance of the standings. There were chances on each end and the only thing that was going to separate the two was a tiny mistake.
Tonight, the Battery came out on top with a 1-0 victory over the Monarchs who will now swaps spots in the standings. It was a back and forth game with creative play through the midfield, flighted balls down the flanks and stingy defense denying scoring chances.
The Monarchs scored just two minutes into the game, but were called off-sides. The swagger from their previous victory had carried over into this game and they controlled the play early. In the third minute, Paterson was denied by a diving Melia of Charleston.
Play settled down and the veteran Club Charleston seemed to catch their feet and begin to apply their game plan. Just as the play was going back and forth, Jamie Darvill of Real Maryland FC walked in alone on Melia, but shot wide in the 21st minute.
The game saw hard play between two talented teams that left it all on the field. At the half, the score was 0-0.
In the 57th minute the Monarchs had another opportunity to score off of a set piece that was a result from a hand ball, but the shot on goal was saved by Melia.
Three minutes later on what seemed to be a routine clearance, the ball was stolen from the Monarch’s Keeper and Charleston’s Heinemann walked in and tucked home the game winner. Though it was a tough blow for Real Maryland FC, they battled back and saw numerous chances as the game was winding down.
In the 74 minute, Hunter narrowly missed a free kick just 25 yards out from goal. Not one minute later was Charleston back on the attack looking to put the Monarchs away for good, but a shot by Mayard was pushed wide by GK Levey to keep the score at a difference of one.
The last two chances to tie up the game, as Charleston dug in to bring home the points, were from #8 Nicki Paterson where he knocked a free kick off the post in the 84th minute and Noviello who was stoned in the 88th minute by Melia one on one.
The Monarchs (1-1-1) will now face the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, May 1st Richard Montgomery High School starting at 6:30. The Charleston Battery (2-0-1) will now go home to play the Charlotte Eagles, a team they recently beat 3-2.
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