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Carolina and Charleston remain on top
by Paul Kennedy, June 1st, 2009 7AM



[USL-1] Carolina and Charleston remained 1-2 in the USL First Division when they both shut out visiting Cleveland, dropping the first-year USL-1 club to 1-6-1.

For the second time in less than a week, Daniel Paladini scored a late winner for the RailHawks. Six days after his 83rd-minute penalty gave the RailHawks a 1-0 win in Austin, Paladini scored on a 40-yard free kick that deflected off the Cleveland wall and threw goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap just off the ball's path, giving Carolina a 1-0 win before a crowd of 5,238 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Battery, the only unbeaten team in USL-1, recorded its fourth straight shutout by blanking the City Stars, 2-0, a day later on goals by Chris Williams and Kenji Treschuk, the first goals of the season for both players.

"Not a bad night all around," said Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser. "We didn't create a lot of chances, but the chances we did create were quality. Once again, we were strong in the back. I have no complaints."

Battery goalkeeper Dusty Hudock earned his league-leading seventh shutout.

May 29
Carolina 1 Cleveland 0.
CAR: Daniel Paladini 89
Red Card:
CLE: Julian Valentin 90
Att.: 5,238.

Austin 3 Puerto Rico 1.
AUS: Yordany Alvarez (Jeff Harwell) 42
AUS: Lyle Adams (Yordany Alvarez) 52
PR: Cristian Arrieta (Sandy Gbandi) 63
AUS: Yordany Alvarez (Ryan McMahen) 87
Att.: 2,019.

May 30
Charleston 2 Cleveland 0.
CHA: Chris Williams 38
CHA: Kenji Treschuk 77
Att.: 3,920

Rochester 0 Montreal 1.
MON: Roberto Brown (Tony Donatelli) 80
Red Card:
ROC: Chris Nurse 60
Att.: 10,137

Portland 2 Vancouver 0.
POR: Ryan Pore (penalty) 6
POR: George Josten 41
Att.: 9,081

May 31
Minnesota 1 Puerto Rico 2.
MIN: Lawrence Olum (Ricardo Sanchez) 63
PR: Jonathan Steele (Cristian Arrieta) 67
PR: Domenic Mediate (Kyle Veris) 90
Att.: 3,112

Carolina 7 2 1 12 5 22
Charleston 5 0 4 9 2 19
Portland 4 1 3 9 4 15
Rochester 4 4 1 10 9 13
Puerto Rico 3 3 3 11 12 12
Vancouver  3 3 2 8 9 11
Austin 2 2 3 9 9 9
Montreal 2 3 2 9 7  8
Miami FC 2 4 1 6 8  7
Cleveland 1 6 1 2 15 4
Minnesota  0 5 3 6 11 2

Leading Scorers:
Menyongar, Rochester 4
James, Vancouver 3
Alvarez, Austin 3
Pore, Portland 3


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