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Guerra, Hackshaw on target in Battery win
Soca Warriors duo, Ataulla Guerra and Neveal Hackshaw were both on target to lead Charleston Battery to a 2-1 triumph over defending champions Louisville FC in the United Soccer League on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Laventille-born Guerra opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute at MUSC Health Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina with his joint league-best tenth of the season, level with Denmark’s Thomas Enevoldsen of Orange County.
The 22-year-old Hackshaw of La Horquetta then doubled the advantage in the 27th minute past Canada-born T&T goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh, with his first ever USL goal in three seasons at the club.
Guerra was eventually replaced in the 79th minute, while another T&T player, 22-year-old Leland Archer had a solid outing in defence.
With two minutes left in the match, Taylor Mueller handed Louisville a lifeline when he conceded an own-goal, but in the end, Charleston held on for the win to go third in the Eastern Conference with 32 points from 19 matches, six behind Cincinnati FC while Pittsburgh Riverhounds is second with 34 and two matches in hand. Louisville remained fourth with 29 points from 17 matches, one ahead of Indy Eleven, the club of T&T duo, Carlyle Mitchell and Nathan Lewis.
England-born T&T defender and former Arsenal youth player, Justin Hoyte had a solid showing at right back as Cincinnati blanked Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 to extend its unbeaten streak to eight matches, and record a seven shut-out as well on the season.
Raleigh-born T&T midfielder Andre Fortune and his North Carolina picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Bethlehem Steel.
However, North Carolina is seven points out of the playoffs in 13th spot with 20 points from 18 matches, three ahead of T&T’s Mekeil Williams and the Richmond Kickers, 1-5 losers to New York Red Bulls II, on Friday night.
In the Western Conference, national defender, Shannon Gomez had a disciplined performance at left back in helping the Sacramento Republic slip past Roxborough-born Jamal Jack and his Colorado Springs.
The win lifted the Sacramento Republic to 36 points from 21 matches in third, five adrift of leaders’ Real Monarchs which has two matches in hand, while Reno 1868 is second with 37 from 20 outings.
Colorado Springs is ninth on the table, one spot out of the playoffs with 25 points from 21 matches, three
Behind Fresno FC.
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