‘Cudas lose third straight

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua Barracuda FC suffered back-to-back losses in the United Soccer Leagues’ (USL) Pro Division over the weekend, going down to Quinton Griffith’s Charleston Battery on Saturday night and Wilmington Hammerhead on Friday.

It was the team’s third straight defeat in the competition to date.

Battery took care of the visiting Barracuda team with a 4-0 victory in the Battery’s home opener in front of 4,546 fans at Blackbaud Stadium. Battery got a pair of goals in either half, with former Cuban international Heviel Cordoves and Ben Fisk each scoring their first goals for the club.

Right from the whistle Battery were attacking consistently and creating quality chances. In the third minute, Nicki Paterson blasted a shot that just missed over the crossbar and only a minute later, Griffith, an Antiguan national midfielder, created his own scoring opportunity on the right side of the box, but his shot missed wide.

After a series of missed Battery opportunities, Cordoves found the back of the net to make it 1-0 in the 21st minute. Fisk cleverly lobbed a pass over the Barracuda’s defence to Cordoves, who easily placed it into the left side of the opposition’s goal.

Just two minutes later Battery scored again, Fisk putting away an opportunity to add to his earlier assist as he drove hard down the left side of the field, made a nice move and buried it past the Barracuda’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Battery added another pair of goals late in the game as Dane Kelly made it 3-0 at the 78th minute with a tricky deflection off a Zach Prince corner kick. Prince then added one of his own in the 85th minute with a beautiful finesse shot from distance into the bottom right of the net making it 4-0.

Meanwhile, Wilmington Hammerheads entered their regular season with a 2-0 victory against Barracuda FC at Legion Stadium on Friday night. 

Kyle Greig scored his first goal in his professional debut for the Hammerheads, while Paul Nicholson added a second to put the game away.

Barracuda will next play VSI Tampa Bay on May 3 before taking on Orlando one day later.