August 5, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Charleston Battery game review (from

Toronto Continues Charleston’s Slide
By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 08/05/17, 6:35PM EDT 

Battery winless streak reaches six games as Hundal’s goal earns victory

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Toronto FC II took a 1-0 victory against the Charleston Battery on Saturday afternoon 
at the Ontario Soccer Centre as Shaan Hundal scored the only goal of the game. The loss extended 
the Battery’s winless streak to six games. The Battery (10-5-7, 37pts) had the first real chance 
of the game when Skylar Thomas almost scored against his former side in the 18th minute off a free 
kick, but his effort was blocked behind for a corner from close range. TFC II (4-12-5, 17pts) 
threatened twice around the half-hour mark, but neither Malik Johnson or Tsubasa Endoh found produce 
a finish to challenge Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper. Charleston’s Neveal Hackshaw also 
had a good chance in the 38th minute, but sent his shot straight at TFC II’s Angelo Cavalluzzo, 
and the Reds’ goalkeeper had to be sharp seven minutes later as Quinton Griffith was denied after 
getting into the left side of the penalty area. Toronto took the lead in the 52nd minute, however, 
as Hundal scored his first goal of the season with a low shot from the left side of the penalty area. 
Johnson went close for Toronto moments later, only for Cooper to make a good save. Charleston’s 
Ricky Garbanzo almost found an equalizer with nine minutes to go as a corner from the right came 
to him 16 yards out, only for Cavalluzzo to tip his shot over the crossbar. Charleston believed 
it had claimed an equalizer deep in stoppage time, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul 
on Cavalluzzo, and the hosts held on for their second win all-time against the Battery.

 52’ – TOR – Shaan Hundal (Tsubasa Endoh)

•#TORvCHS: Full Match and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

•1. Just as it proved against Ottawa Fury FC last month, Toronto FC II might not be a contender 
to reach the USL Cup Playoffs this season, but it could still play a role down the final stretch 
of the season as a spoiler for the teams trying either get into the postseason, or earn a place 
near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Battery suffered a similar defeat two 
seasons ago in Toronto, the only previous time the Reds have taken victory against Charleston. 
This result, though, opened the race at the top of the conference even more, and should stand 
as a warning for others who still have to head to the Ontario Soccer Centre this season.

•2. The Battery’s second loss to Toronto FC II couldn’t have come at a worse time for the side, 
which will now likely see its position atop the Eastern Conference be taken by one of its rivals 
later tonight. Charleston was without some key figures, including leading scorer Romario Williams, 
that didn’t help the side’s cause, but with the club’s winless streak now at six games, the visit 
of the New York Red Bulls II becomes even more critical than it was previously.

•3. Shaan Hundal’s potential has been evident over the past two USL seasons, earning the 
Canadian U20 international the No. 4 position in this year’s USL 20 Under 20 last month. 
What Hundal hadn’t had this season until this point was something to show for his work, with 
injury hindering his progress this season. The 18-year’s first goal of the season, though, 
epitomized why he’s rated so highly. Latching onto a good pass over the top by Tsubasa Endoh, 
Hundal used his frame to hold off a defender and fired a precise finish home. Both he, and the 
club, will hope that is a sign of what’s to come in the remainder of 2017 for the talented forward. Man of the Match

Tsubasa Endoh, Toronto FC II – Endoh produced the only goal of the game, and was excellent 
elsewhere as he created two more scoring chances and completed 28 of 32 passes for the contest.

Upcoming Games:
Toronto FC II vs. Charlotte Independence – August 9, 8 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium
Charleston Battery vs. New York Red Bulls II – August 12, 7 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium

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