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Battery earns point in 0-0 road draw with Monterey Bay

By Vaseline May30,2024

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 29, 2024) – The Charleston Battery played Monterey Bay FC to a 0-0 draw at Cardinale Stadium on Wednesday. Charleston created most of the scoring opportunities throughout the match, but could not find the back of the net. The Battery’s Daniel Kuzemka recorded three saves on his way to his second clean sheet of the year.

Two promising chances for the Battery came in the 7th minute with Arturo Rodriguez and Nick Markanich. Rodriguez had a one-on-one against goalkeeper Antony Siaha, whose save was deflected back onto goal by Markanich, but the follow-up shot was cleared off the line.

Charleston dominated much of the early proceedings, controlling more than 70% of the ball possession through the opening 15 minutes.

Goalkeeper Daniel Kuzemka was tested at the other end around the half-hour mark. Kuzemka denied Michael Gonzalez from point-blank range in the 27th minute and came up big again with a save against Gonzalez in the 33rd minute.

The Battery thought they had scored the opener in the 43rd minute when MD Myers headed the ball towards goal which was blocked off the line by Morey Doner. A handball was called for Doner’s block, which appeared to go off his outstretched arm, but no call was made.

Monterey Bay and Charleston went into halftime scoreless. The Battery defeated the hosts 11 to three.

The second half started calmer than the first 45 minutes. Only one shot on target was recorded in the 75th minute, taken by Juan David Torres (64′).

Kuzemka had a relatively tame change in the second half, as Monterey Bay was held to zero shots on goal and sent six shots wide.

Charleston’s last big chance for a match-winner came via Torres’ shot in the 92nd minute, which forced a decisive save from Siaha.

The Battery and Monterey would share the points in the 0-0 draw.

Kuzemka’s shutout marks his second of the year, as he set a new season high in saves (three).

Head Coach Ben Pirmann and defender Nathan Dossantos discussed the match after the final whistle, after which the most important quotes followed.

Coach Pirmann about his direct conclusions from the match…

We were just okay, I thought we flew for the first twenty minutes and then just didn’t improve fast enough to keep pushing them back. We had to be more dominant and keep creating chances and we took our foot off the gas a little bit. Then Monterey had a few small half-chances and a big chance where Daniel Kuzemka made a great save.

We had a lot of meaningful territory, but we didn’t have enough meaningful moments in the final third, but overall we played a solid game. Daniel made the saves we needed. We had to finish some of the chances we created. Overall, I don’t think we did enough to earn all three points.

Coach Pirmann about the difficulties we encountered that night…

There are many things, from coaching to individual performance to an opponent who played with aggression and courage at home. I think we were a bit sloppy on the ball and we were a bit tired. We didn’t do enough to turn the game in our favor. Each time you do that, just leave it for 50-50 minutes. The possession was dominant, the territory was dominant, the key moments were dominant, but I don’t think we did enough to make it go our way, even though we had two big chances at the end of the game.

Coach Pirmann about the performance and progress of Daniel Kuzemka…

I’m proud of Daniel, that was his third match in a row while Adam was out. He has played 300 minutes in the past two weeks and has only conceded two goals. So I’m very proud of him as an individual. Sometimes backup goalies don’t always get a chance, and he took his chance and did a good job. Monterey Bay had two big chances to score on which he made saves and I was proud that he kept us shutout.

Dossantos on his assessment of the game…

It’s always difficult to travel around the country, especially when you’re playing a three-match week and traveling long distances. One positive point is achieving zero. Overall, we could have taken a lot more this week. I felt like we could have gotten more out of the game as a group, especially how well we started in the first twenty minutes, and finished a few of our chances.

Dossantos on what has worked well with the defensive unit…

The back four generally do well, whoever goes into those spots. Especially in the middle, with Graham Smith and Leland Archer, they have a lot of experience and a lot of leadership. If Adam is there too, he has a lot of experience in that backbone of the defense. On the outside, Mark Segbers, myself, Josh Drack and Robbie Crawford are guys who have played a lot of games in this league, so that unit as a whole I think has a good balance and certainly a lot of quality. It just comes down to our principles and the way we line up and how we train for the opponent every week. It’s always good to get a clean slate.

Daniel made some huge plays. He was very brave coming off his line and had some big plays for us that kept us in it and kept the clean sheet. I think Adam has been much the same, he has been super brave and it showed in the Birmingham game.

Dossantos on the lull in action before the Pittsburgh game next week…

The break comes at a good time for us because we played a lot of games early and made a leap with our schedule, in terms of having the most games and leading the pack. So a good time for us to reset, recharge and start this next part of the season with fresh legs. I think we’ll put these games behind us and focus on the only game that matters right now, which is Pittsburgh, ten days from now.

The Battery’s next game is on Saturday, June 8 against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Patriots Point. Tickets for the home game are now on sale via SeatGeek.com, the club’s exclusive digital ticket provider.

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