[USL PRO]Ugandan Mike Azira's goal in the 74th minute gave the Charleston Battery a 1-0 win over the Wilmington Hammerheads to capture the 2012 USL PRO championship before 4,963 fans at Blackbaud Stadium. It was the fourth USL title for the Battery.
Game MVP Jose Cuevas found Azira with a pass through the Wilmington defense in the 74th minute, and Azira's shot gave Wilmington keeper Alex Horwath no chance.
It was the fourth title in four trips to the final for Charleston, which also captured USL championships in 1996, 2003 and 2010.
Early on, Coach Mike Anhaeuser thought the Battery was capable of winning the USL PRO championship.
“In the beginning of the season, after the first three or four games, I really felt like we had a team that could win it,” Anhaeuser said. “We had a little hesitation or hiccup in the middle of the season, but when we won that game in Rochester, 4-0, and I saw the guys play the way they did, I knew that we could beat anybody.
Sept. 8 in Wilmington, N.C.
Charleston 1 Wilmington 0.Goal: Azira (Cuevas) 74.
Charleston --Dykstra, Falbey, Hoffer, Wilson, Wiltse (Mack 87), Azira, Cuevas (Prince, 81), Paterson, Sanyang, Richter (Mueller 84), Donatelli.
Wilmington --Horwath, Cole, (Davidson, 46), Evans, Lassiter, Musa, Parratt (Taylor, 46), Briggs (Guzman, 62), Chirishian (Budnyy 77), Hertzog, Holmes (Perry 73).
USL PRO AWARDS
Most Valuable Player:Kevin Molino, Orlando City
Rookie of the Year:Jose Cuevas, Charleston Battery
Coach of the Year:Adrian Heath, Orlando City
Defender of the Year:Troy Roberts, Rochester Rhinos
Goalkeeper of the Year:Kristian Nicht, Rochester Rhinos