Battery Victorious ln 2015 Opener

Battery fans were off to the races at the home opener March 21 at Blackbaud, with Queen Anne’s Revenge members sporting the bow-ties and chic hats one expects at the Carolina Cup steeplechase. The Regiment’s traditional tailgate feast complete with grilled meats and baked treats held forth alongside the QAR and Charleston Battery La Brava under the trees in the stadium’s East Side lot. The Charles Towne Few pirate crew shared a tankard or two and led the march into the stadium where the Battery took on the new USL club, Toronto FC II. After “O Canada” an audio glitch cut the music during the Star-Spangled Banner, and the crowd, unfazed, finished singing the national anthem on their own. A 0-2 start failed to daunt the cheering crowd, which kept up the chanting, drumming and flag-waving through three unanswered goals by the Battery. Jubilant players and fans mingled on the pitch after the game, then the lights went out for a bang-up fireworks display.

Fan Fare

Giant cardboard cut-outs of Toronto’s notorious ex-mayor Rob Ford and Charleston’s lesser-known T-Rav (if you don’t know, good) participated in the Supporters March  … Fans are beginning to understand that they are welcome to join in: The ranks grew as the marchers made their way to the stadium’s east side … Pirate crew member Sandra Glaes Payne had booty for ladies at the tailgate: Handmade black-and-yellow jewelry … The playing of “We the Fleet,” the Battery’s fight song by First World Problem ( who were livening up the festivities in person), elicited dancing and singing in the stands. Oy! … Battery player Quinton Griffith, already known for his karaoke skills, sang out a line at the postgame Three Lions Club … Two young girls stood at the East Side railing and gave the players excellent instructions because “We play on a team” … A handball dead center of E1 supporters section and caught on camera got no response from the referee, but plenty of comment from the fans … Confused about the confusion on the field that led to an indirect kick by the Battery? Ref and E1 fan Michael Mangum explains the “pass back” rule: A ball passed back to the keeper can’t be picked up, which is what the Toronto keeper did.  Soccer, like, has these rules about using your hands …  Shawn Ferguson celebrated his even-it-up score with a knee-slide to E1 that left a mark on the pitch and revved up the crowd and his teammates … Players from the Gaston United U11 Blue (Charlotte, NC) weren’t fazed by the lack of enough CHS Soccer.net stickers, but they were disappointed their photo wasn’t going  in the newspaper… so were we.

Overheard

“What are you, a bunch of children out there?!” A young fan when a Toronto player tossed the ball off the field before a Battery throw-in.

 

 

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