David Estrada hit the crossbar during the 67th minute, and that was as close as anyone came to scoring as the Charlotte Independence played to a United Soccer League draw Saturday against Rochester.
The tie extended the Independence’s unbeaten streak to six matches, with four of those matches resulting in wins.
David Estrada had the first real scoring opportunity for Charlotte. Joel Johnson made an overlapping run around Brian Brown and then served the ball into the box for Estrada to head the ball, but Rhinos goalkeeper Adam Grinwis made the save.
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Rochester came up with a chance during the 33rd minute with Michael Garzi’s shot on goal. The Rhinos’ next scoring opportunity came 10 minutes later and forced Independence goalkeeper Cody Mizell off his line to punch the ball up and then catch it on the way down.
The Rhinos came out strong in the second half, getting several corner kicks and creating shots on goal. But during the 59th minute, Charlotte’s Enzo Martinez got a shot that was just barely deflected out by Grinwis. The Independence gained momentum and in the 67th minute Estrada nearly stole the lead with a chip shot over Grinwis that hit the crossbar.
The Independence (5-2-2) will return home to Ramblewood Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday for the second leg of the Queen City Cup Challenge with FC Cincinnati (5-2-2), which is coming off a 1-0 win against Pittsburgh. Cincinnati earned a 2-1 victory in the April 9 meeting at Nippert Stadium.