Lewis goal helps Battery reach play-offs
Zeiko Lewis continued his prolific form to help Charleston Battery reach the USL Championship play-offs on Sunday.
The Bermuda forward opened the scoring at Patriots Point with an superb finish in his team's 2-0 home win over Miami FC.
Nicque Daley grabbed Charleston's other goal after capitalising on some loose defending.
Lewis broke the deadlock in the eighteenth minute after controlling Leland Archer's long pass and then chipping over Mark Pais, the Miami goalkeeper, into the empty net.
Daley then doubled the home side's advantage just before the half after intercepting an intended back pass to the goalkeeper and lashing in a rebound after Pais parried his initial chip.
Lewis has six goals in 13 appearance this season and has netted in Charleston's last two outings against Tampa Bay Rowdies and Miami.
“It's always great to get on the score sheet,” Lewis told The Royal Gazette.
“It was a great ball over the top towards me. I knew if I could get a touch on it I'd be through on goal. As soon as I did I just wanted to make sure I did not disappoint. I saw the ‘keeper charging out and got the finish I wanted.”
Mike Anhaeuser, the Charleston coach, added: “The guys were moving the ball well and we put them under pressure and that's what we were trying to do. I'll tell you, that first goal really made the difference.”
Charleston's sixth shutout win of the season extended their unbeaten streak to nine games and clinched their place in the playoffs for the thirteenth time, the second longest postseason streak in professional North American football, with three games to spare.
“It's a great achievement to reach play-offs,” Lewis said. “But to do it for so many seasons is a special accomplishment.
“It shows the ability of the team and willingness. Now we want to keep our momentum going into and through the play-offs.”
Charleston remain three points adrift of group H leaders Tampa Bay with a game in hand.
Lewis and his team-mates are away to Tampa Bay in their final game of the regular season on October 3.