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On-Loan Knighton Struggles with Crosses, Makes Big Stops Late

The on-loan Brad Knighton helped the Richmond Kickers earn a 1-1 result against the Charleston Battery.

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In a game that highlighted his struggles with crosses, New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton helped the Richmond Kickers draw the Charleston Battery 1-1 in USL action.

Knighton, who joined the Kickers as part of a one-game loan, didn't have to wait long to get his first touch of the night as a third-minute turnover afforded the Battery an early chance. The long-range shot was no trouble for Knighton, however, who easily smothered the ball.

Knighton would face a more difficult situation in the 21st minute when former Revolution player O'Brian Woodbine sent in a throw-in. While the ball would bounce around the penalty area, it never crossed the line.

Six minutes later, Charleston found their breakthrough. The opportunity started with an attacking corner kick that Knighton failed to neutralize. Though he did punch the ball, he wasn't able to clear the danger as defender Shawn Ferguson gained possession before providing an assist to Ricky Garbanzo.

Richmond midfielder Samuel Asante leveled the game just before halftime. In the 44th minute, Asane made an ambitious run forward followed by a right-footed finish.

The Kickers controlled play in the second half until Charleston came alive in the final ten minutes. Though the home side had a flurry of chances, Knighton was there to make big stops in the 80th and 88th minutes.

The game would ultimately end 1-1, giving both teams a point. Knighton will now return to New England to prepare for Saturday's home fixture against the Chicago Fire.