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Lewis on target for Charleston

Zeiko Lewis

Zeiko Lewis opened his account for new club Charleston Battery during a preseason friendly at home against Coastal Carolina University at MUSC Health Stadium this week.

The Bermuda international scored a brace either side of the break and also had an assist as he and his team-mates romped to a 4-0 win in their penultimate outing during the preseason.

“I was pleased with my overall performance,” Lewis said. “It was nice to get on the scoresheet and get an assist, but most importantly the team had a good performance.

“We were solid defensively and offensively we were sharp, precise and executed well.”

Lewis opened the scoring in the fourth minute to give the hosts an early lead they never surrendered.

He then set up Charleston’s third goal in the 75th minute before rounding off the scoring with a header three minutes from the end.

Midfielders Nico Rittmeyer and Dante Marini accounted for Charleston’s remaining goals.

Lewis, 23, joined the United Soccer League Championship side last month and is no stranger to the league, having previously played for the New York Red Bulls II.

“I’m adjusting quickly and well to my team and the system,” he added. “My team has been very receptive of me.

“They are a great group of guys and are easy to get along with. Most importantly, though, they are focused and determined to have a good season.”

Charleston play in the Eastern Conference of the Championship, which is the top league in the three-tier USL structure.

They finished fourth in their conference last term to earn an eleventh consecutive appearance in the play-offs, where they lost 1-0 against Lewis’s former team New York Red Bulls II.

Lewis and his team-mates will wrap up their preseason away to North Carolina FC tomorrow, before hosting Ottawa Fury in their USL season opener on March 9.