BY JOHN ACE
The Battery continued to break free of their previous doldrums as they came out 2-0 winners courtesy of a goal in each half.
It was Heviel Cordoves who opened the scoring on 38, when a Dayton defender miscontrolled the ball, giving the Cuban a one-on-one with the ‘keeper, and Cordoves slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.
They gained some insurance inside the last ten minutes when Zach Prince swung in an excellent corner for Omar Salgado, who connected well to steer a header into the net from a few yards out.
The Battery started off a bit shaky, though both teams were sloppy in possession, and no one really had much of a clear cut chance, though Adam Mena was doing well down the wing and seeing the ball come his way. He got the games’ first real shot off, but it was a tame effort and straight at the ‘keeper.
Zach Prince has said that the main objective is to be effective on the counter in games like these, and it was showing, Every ball seemed to be up to Cordoves after awhile, which has been more than fruitful in the past.
Odisnel Cooper had to make a save after 35, as Dayton got down the wing on the right, and Andrew Schoenfield connected via header, though Cooper got down well to divert it behind.
The deadlock was finally broken three minutes later when a mistake from one of Dayton’s center backs left Cordoves unopposed, and he waited for the ‘Keeper to commit to coming off his line before slotting the ball past him to give the Battery the lead.
Both sides had their fair share of possession, but the Battery were looking the better side, and finally got a clear cut chance, and unlike previous matches, the Battery took it.
And so it was a decent first half as far as the away side were concerned, they were actually creating chances, finding space, and working hard off the ball.
The second half began in similar fashion, with the Battery playing with a confidence not often seen this season.
The Battery were playing with high pressure when they weren’t in possession, when in previous matches, after the other team had had the ball for extended periods, they would drop into a shell.
This wasn’t the case tonight though, and their high pressure won them the bulk of meaningful possession, with Jarad Van Schaik and Aminu Abdallah controlling well in midfield.
There wasn’t much to talk about until the 77th minute, when Abdallah’s shot from the edge of the box was just tipped over after Maikel Chang set him up well.
The Battery were looking like they were going to shepherd this one out as time waned down, but Omar Salgado was yet to have his say on things.
They kept pressing for insurance late on into the game, and it finally came with three minutes to go. Zach Prince wafted in a corner from the near side, and only one Dayton player rose with Salgado as he put the result beyond any doubt with a header from close range.
That marks his 2nd goal in this road trip alone, having scored the opener against Harrisburg, and Prince’s assist goes along with his goal from Friday as well.
It was smooth sailing from that point on, Dayton’s heads had dropped, and after three minutes of added time following the 90, the referee blew for full time, giving the Battery their 2nd win on the bounce, which moves them up to 3rd in the table.
The Battery finally return home to face the Wilmington Hammerheads next Saturday.