BY JOHN ACE
As we know, the Battery Match on Saturday evening ended in a 0-0 draw. However, pre-match, we were very confident. Yes, our form recently hadn’t been the best, but we’re very solid at home. Tampa Bay took two of our side from last year, Tony Donatelli, and Kyle Hoffer, so we were hoping we would know what to expect.
The Tailgate was what was always promised on Saturday nights. good food, and good friends. Speaking of good friends, we were happily greeted by the aforementioned Kyle Hoffer, who had made some close friends during his time in Charleston, and had come to say hi.
Members of the Regiment were out in force, more than usual, it would seem. E-10 seemed to be packed around kickoff, on a night dubbed “Christmas in June” to support a toy drive.
The time seemed to go by slow. As usual, there was the always fun rounds of cornhole, there were jokes, and even more to the spectacle. In the time between the tailgate and kickoff many people had sampled the amazing pork tenderloin, brownies, and the greatness that is Mint Chocolate Oreos.
The first half seemed to go by even slower, with the Battery playing a match that was certainly not the best of their season. Tampa had played the night before, so maybe our tactic was that we would soak up pressure and try to hit them on the counter. This didn’t seem to work that well, and as the half dragged on, we got less and less convinced it would be a night to remember, eventually hoping that we
wouldn’t lose to a cheap goal.
It wasn’t the best of evenings, but as always, the family that is E10 never let the players’ heads drop, and it seemed they gave as much as they could to the match.
ABOVE PICTUTRE: Gary Perridge, the resident comedian, can always make you laugh. Here he is, sharing a few smiles with Kyle Hoffer.
Photo credit Dan Conover