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The Battery played an outstanding game of soccer Friday night before an enthusiastic crowd undaunted by a brief rainstorm. The team’s 2-1 victory over the City Islanders was also touched by a bit of off-field drama. Fan favorite John Wilson, who has played 269 games for the Battery, walked on the field for his last regular season home game. Wilson is retiring at the end of the season, and was honored for his contributions to the success of the USLPro team. Additionally, team captain Colin Falvey did not play and will not be in black and yellow for the playoff games. Falvey is on loan to a team in India, and international transfer rules do not allow him to be on the Battery’s active roster. Consistent scorer and speed demon Dane Kelly stayed on the sidelines with an injury.
If Harrisburg had hopes any of that would give them an easy victory, they were disappointed. A first-half goal from Heviel Cordoves and another in the opening minutes of the second half by Mamadou Diouf put Charleston in control. A City Islanders goal in the closing minutes was too little too late to knock off the playoff-bound Battery.
The resurgent Battery, who have lost only one of their last 10 games, have been supported by a growing fan base. Holy City Outlaws, Barra Brava and Regiment members have expanded E1 section support to include a march into the stadium, banners and flags, capo-led cheers, drum performances and “Tifos.”
Playoffs begin this weekend with the Battery battling the Richmond Kickers in Richmond Saturday, Sept. 13. The game starts at 7 pm. Visit CharlestonBattery.com for details.