Charleston, SC. Randi Patterson scored twice on his debut for the Charleston Battery Saturday night to lift his side to a convincing 2-0 win versus Major League Soccer’s Toronto F.C. The win secures Charleston a second place finish in the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup. The San Jose Earthquakes won the cup and underlined their tournament success with a 3-0 win versus New York in the second game.
The Battery’s first goal came in the 38th minute. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso whipped in a cross from the right flank. Patterson angled his run to meet the ball and with a deft touch, redirected it past Toronto goalkeeper Brian Edwards.
Toronto responded and earned a free-kick in the 43rd minute just outside the box. Defender Jim Brennan swept the ball in to the middle but Charleston goalkeeper Dusty Hudock averted the danger with a strong catch.
The Battery doubled its lead five minutes after halftime as Darren Spicer got behind Brennan on the right side. Spicer played an early cross into the middle and Patterson flicked a header across Edwards and into the far corner.
Toronto had two chances late in the game, the first a header by substitute forward Danny Dichio and the second a header by defender Marco Velez. On both occasions Hudock was able to tip the ball over the bar.
New York 0 – San Jose 3
The San Jose Earthquakes brushed aside the New York Red Bulls in the second game of the evening with a solid 3-0 win. Kei Kamara set the tone with the first goal after only 35 seconds.
Former Battery striker Gavin Glinton scored the second with a neat finish after a break-away from the half-way line. In the 88th minute Red Bulls defender Eric Brunner turned the ball into his own net to complete the misery for New York.