I wasn’t able to make the trip up to Columbia tonight for the Battery’s exhibition match with PDL side Palmetto Bantams FC, but I spoke with goalkeeper Kevin Klasila on the phone afterward to get the score.
Austin Savage, Zach Prince, Jarad van Schaik and Bryce Alderson each chipped in a goal on a night that was about two things for Charleston: Building the Battery’s relationship with the state’s PDL franchise, and getting some competitive minutes for the players who will be called upon on the upcoming Florida road trip.
Klasila said the Battery possessed the ball so much that his job stayed pretty boring. “I really didn’t get much pressure.”
He listed the starters as himself, Mark Wiltse, Taylor Mueller, Shawn Ferguson and Emmanuel Adjetey on defense, with Bryce Alderson, Maikel Chang, Amadou Sanyang and Zach Prince in midfield, and forwards Austin Savage and Heviel Cordoves up top. Substitutes who got into the action included Jarad van Schaik, Quinton Griffith and SC United Battery Academy players Hunter Danna and Joe Terry.
Wiltse, Adjetey, van Schaik and Griffith started Friday night’s match, with Alderson and Prince coming on as substitutes. Cordoves also subbed on, and earned Man of the Match honors for his 90th minute equalizer.
Klasila said the whole team made the trip except for Colin Falvey and John Wilson. Some of the team stayed in Columbia overnight, but the rest returned on the van, which Jose Cuevas described by text as so loud he couldn’t hear his cell phone ring.
The team’s morale is good despite the draw against Orlando on Friday, Klasila said. “We’re disappointed, for sure,” he said. “We’ve had people coming up to us… saying, ‘Yeah, that’s awesome that you got that result (late against Orlando.’ But to be honest, we thought we should have won… But spirits are still high.”
The players get a day off on Sunday, and return to training Monday morning.
UPDATE: Got a message from Bobby Weisenberger, and the best news of the match is that the Battery came out of it with no player injuries. dc