Zeiko Lewis man of the match as Charleston Battery battle to a draw
Zeiko Lewis produced a man-of-the-match display to help visiting Charleston Battery secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Miami in the USL Championship at the weekend.
The Bermuda forward was influential throughout the match at the Riccardo Silva Stadium on Saturday and provided the assist for Patrick Hogan’s first professional goal that gave the visiting side the lead at the break.
Miami eventually hit back in the second half through a goal from Lamar Walker to earn a share of the spoils.
“It was a hard-fought point,” Lewis commented on his club’s website. “I think we started very strong but faded as the game went on.
“We were able to hold off the pressure Miami was putting us under in the second half.
“A point against a very good Miami team is something to be proud of, and we continue to learn and grow into the next game.”
Charleston pressed early after a nearly two-hour delay to the start because of inclement weather and eventually made the breakthrough when Hogan nodded in Lewis’s corner kick at the near post in the fourteenth minute.
Josh Penn came close to doubling their advantage moments later with an effort that brought off a fingertip save Miami goalkeeper Connor Sparrow.
Miami came charging out of the blocks at the start of the second half and went close when Devon Williams struck a post.
The home side’s unrelenting pressure finally paid off when Walker brought the teams level in the 67th minute.
Charleston are fifth in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, seven points adrift of the fourth and final play-off position.