June 24, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Charleston Battery vs Toronto FC II match recap (from charlestonbattery.com)

Battery explodes offensively against Toronto FC II 
By Sarah Cardamone, 06/24/17, 9:30PM EDT 

Braces from Romario Williams and Dante Marini helped the Charleston Battery defeat 
Toronto FC II, 6-1, at MUSC Health Stadium Saturday night.   

On a night where everything clicked offensively, Williams and Marini shined the brightest, 
each scoring two goals and adding an assist. Williams opened the scoring midway through 
the first half, nodding a Maikel Chang corner kick in at the back post.  

 Forrest Lasso extended the lead ten minutes later on another set piece. Justin Portillo 
 fired a low driven ball into the penalty area from a corner kick and Taylor Mueller 
 flicked it on to Lasso who calmly slotted the ball past TFC II goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzo. 
 The goal was Lasso’s sixth in the league and eighth in all competitions this season. 

The hosts continued to knock the ball around well after the break and found the back 
of the net again just six minutes after the second half whistle.  Marini received the ball 
on the left flank after good build up play from the Battery and found Williams with 
a pass near the penalty spot. The Jamaican center forward did well to hold off his man, 
turn and knock the ball in for his second of the night. Williams’ brace on Saturday puts 
him in the league lead in goals with 13 on the season. 

“The entire week we’ve been preparing to play against three in the back,” said Williams. 
“We know that when we go up against teams with three that we’re going to get a lot 
of space in the middle and attacking thirds. I just tried to make myself available 
in those spots; the guys did a good job of finding me and I was able to get two.”

 Marini tallied his first goal of the night shortly after adding the assist on Williams’ 
 second. A great individual effort from Marini kept the ball alive in the attacking 
 third following a long free kick into the box. The 5-5 midfielder chased down a loose 
 ball and smashed a left-footed shot on frame that took a slight deflection and found 
 the back of the net. 

The visitors pulled a goal back in the 66th minute when Sergio Camargo finished 
Ryan Telfer floated cross at the back post. The goal was the only blemish 
on a near-perfect night for the Battery at MUSC Health Stadium. 

Marini scored his second of the game just eight minutes after Camargo’s goal to push 
the lead back to four goals. Williams threaded the ball through to Marini following 
a great exchange with Ataulla Guerra and Marini slotted a shot past Cavalluzo 
at the back post. 

Portillo capped off the night with an incredible goal from free kick just outside the 
penalty area during stoppage time of the second half, curling the ball over the wall 
and past Cavalluzo for his fourth of the year. 

“We wanted to take these three games at home one game at a time and get three points 
from this one first,” said Battery Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser. “We accomplished our goal 
here tonight and that puts us in a position to get nine points from these three 
home games. There’s six really important points on the table in these next two matches.” 

Saturday’s demolition was the first of three matches in a row at MUSC Health Stadium. 
The Battery will take on Tampa Bay Rowdies on July 1st, then close out the three-game 
home stand with Louisville City FC on July 8th. 

Odisnel Cooper, 
Quinton Griffith, Taylor Mueller, Forrest Lasso (goal, 42), O’Brian Woodbine, 
Maikel Chang, Justin Portillo (goal, 90), Tah Brian Anunga, Dante Marini (goal, 58, 72; 
............................Skylar Thomas, 84) Kotaro Higashi (Ataulla Guerra, 68), 
Romario Williams (goal, 32, 51; Heviel Cordoves, 75) 

Unused substitutes: Joe Kuzminsky, Neveal Hackshaw, Ricky Garbanzo, Jeffery Otoo 

Angelo Cavalluzo, 
Mitchell Taintor, Brandon Aubrey, Robert Boskovic, 
Ryan Telfer, Liam Fraser (yellow card, 56), Brian James (Ricardo John, 60), 
.................Luca Uccello (Malik Johnson, 72), Jordan McCrary (Dante Campbell, 46), 
Akim Andrews, Sergio Campbell (goal, 66) 

Unused substitutes: Mark Pais, Brandon Onkony, Anthony Osorio, Aiden Daniels

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