Lewis Assists As Charleston Play To A Draw

May 24, 2021

Bermuda’s Zeiko Lewis  recorded an assist as his Charleston Battery team played to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls II this weekend.

The club’s match report said, “The Charleston Battery and New York Red Bulls II match ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday at Patriots Point. The Battery scored early in the first half, with Stavros Zarokostas [3rd minute] and Erik McCue [24th minute], but Red Bulls II struck back in the second half with goals from Mandela Egbo [62nd minute, penalty] and Roald Mitchell [66th minute] to even the result. Both sides had chances to pull ahead in the closing minutes, but neither succeeded in breaking through.

“Charleston got the scoring started early, when Stavros Zarokostas found the back of the net in the 3rd minute. Zarokostas dispossessed New York keeper AJ Marcucci inside the 18-yard box and quickly turned around for his first goal of the season. Defender Erik McCue doubled the Charleston lead in the 24th minute for his first goal with the club. McCue was on the receiving end of a perfectly-placed Zeiko Lewis corner kick near the byline, and then slipped the ball through a narrow angle into the net.

“The second half featured the same intensity, but it was Red Bulls II who did the scoring with a pair of goals in quick succession. New York was awarded a penalty in the 61st minute off a Leland Archer foul inside the penalty area, which was converted by defender Mandela Egbo a minute later for his third goal of the season. The visitors equalized in the 66th minute when Roald Mitchell weaved into the box and sent a shot into the far side of the net. It was Mitchell’s first professional start.

“The score remained level the rest of the half, with both sides having chances for a breakthrough. Red Bulls II continued to threaten, but Kuzminsky was there to preserve the level terms, making some smart saves in the 68th and 84th minute to deny New York. Charleston had opportunities to pull ahead, but were met with a similar result, with a pair of headers from Zeiko Lewis [60th minute] and Geobel Perez [68th minute]. Nicque Daley nearly grabbed the winner at the death in the 96th minute after working his way into the box, but his shot was just wide and into the side netting.

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