Hartford Athletic earned the first points of the season with a 1-1 draw against Charlotte Independence. in front of 11,346 people at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Saturday night.
The scoring started early. In the 3rd minute, Dominic Oduro got past the Hartford back line and dropped a ball off for a trailing Abdoulie Mansally who fired it past Jacob Lissek for an early 1-0 lead for the visitors.
But Hartford answered quickly. Raymond Lee played a beautiful ball down into the box and Mac Steeves chipped the ball over an on-rushing keeper for the first ever home goal in Hartford Athletic history. The score would stay tied at one heading into the break.
In the second half, Hartford had a great chance early as Alex Dixon shot from outside the box, but reigning USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Week Curtis Anderson made a fantastic diving save. Minutes later, Steeves had another great chance that just went over the cross bar. The score would hold for the rest of the half and Hartford recorded the first point in Club history.
Hartford Athletic will be back at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at 7 PM on Friday May 10th against Memphis 901 FC. To get your tickets go to hartfordathletic.com/tickets.
Shots: 11-8 HFD
Shots on Target: 3-1 HFD
Corner Kicks: 5-4 HFD
Fouls Committed: 12-6 CLT
Saves: 2-0 CLT
Offside: 2-1 HFD
Possession: 58%-42% CLT
Passing Accuracy: 81%-77% CLT
3' Abdoulie Mansally (Dominic Oduro)
12' Mac Steeves (Raymond Lee)
39' - Michael Maria (Yellow)
79' - Collin Martin (Yellow)
90 +1' - Zyen Jones (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP
Jacob Lissek; Raymond Lee, Sem de Wit, Philip Rasmussen, Harry Swartz (Giuseppe Gentile 77'); Sebastian Dalgaard, Collin Martin, Nicky Downs, Jonny Brown; Mac Steeves (Jose Angulo 64'), Alex Dixon (Wojciech Wojcik 80').
CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP
Curtis Anderson; Hugh Roberts, Steven Thicot, Andrew Gutman, Joel Johnson; Michael Maria, Alex Martinez (Enzo Martinez 73'), Afrim Taku; Dominic Oduro, Jorge Herrera, Abdoulie Mansally (Zyen Jones, 76').