CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Charleston Battery scored in each half and secured a 2-0 win over Memphis 901 FC Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C.
With the defeat, 901 FC (9-17-7, 34 pts) is eliminated from playoff contention. Memphis remained in the playoff hunt in its inaugural season until the final week of the regular season, rising from second-to-last place at the end of August to knocking on the door of the postseason with two matches to play.
Charleston (10-10-13, 43 pts) moves to 10th place and into playoff positioning with the victory. The Battery’s goals were scored by Taylor Mueller in the 30th minute and Zeiko Lewis in the 63rd minute. Lewis assisted on Mueller’s match-opening score.
Three of Memphis’ six shots in the match were on-target, and possession between the two clubs was nearly dead-even.
Memphis’ final match of the regular season is Saturday at AutoZone Park against two-time defending USL Cup champion Louisville City FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Saturday’s match is “Pink Out the Pitch” Night presented by Baptist Cancer Center, with the first 5,000 fans receiving a free pink t-shirt with the 901 FC crest on it. Additionally, the club will be wearing special pink jerseys during warmups, which will be auctioned that night with proceeds benefiting breast cancer awareness.
Memphis 901 FC Starting XI
24 (GK) Scott Levene, 26 (D) Josh Morton, 8 (D) Marc Burch (c), 32 (D) Liam Doyle, 22 (D) Wes Charpie, 27 (M) Cam Lindley, 6 (M) Dan Metzger, 11 (F) Lagos Kunga, 10 (M) Adam Najem, 30 (F) Marcus Epps, 18 (F) Elliot Collier
Subs: 1 (GK) Jeff Caldwell, 28 (F) Jochen Graf, 2 (M) Morgan Hackworth, 15 (D) Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, 3 (D) Abdi Mohamed, 9 (F) Luca Uccello
Substitutions: 46’ Abdi Mohamed on, Wes Charpie off… 75’ Jochen Graf on, Marcus Epps off… 75’ Luca Uccello on, Lagos Kunga off
Charleston Battery Starting XI
1 (GK) Joe Kuzminsky, 20 (D) A.J. Paterson, 14 (D) Jarad van Schaik, 4 (D) Taylor Mueller (c), 3 (D) Kyle Nelson, 25 (M) Kotaro Higashi, 21 (M) Angelo Kelly-Rosales, 13 (M) Nicholas Rittmeyer, 11 (M) Zeiko Lewis, 27 (F) Arthur Bosua, 29 (F) Nicque Daley
Subs: 99 (GK) Philip Breno, 22 (M) Tah Anunga, 12 (M) Vincenzo Candela, 19 (M) Dante Marini, 26 (M) Kierron Mason, 8 (M) Romario Piggott, 9 (F) Ian Svantesson
Substitutions: 62’ Vincenzo Candela on, Nicque Daley off… 86’ Kierron Mason on, Zeiko Lewis off… 89’ Ian Svantesson on, Arthur Bosua off