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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Story of SIlverbacks Success - by Taylor Peyton

It was a busy four days for both senior Silverbacks teams. Busy, but also relatively successful. The Silverbacks women had their first game this past Saturday against Chattanooga FC at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. They can best be described a well coached, well organized, talented team. Evidence of this is the 4 goals they scored in the second half to win 4-0. Scoring 4 goals alone is impressive, but the way the goals were scored made it even more impressive. The goals mainly involved great team play ending with seemingly impossible shots finding their way into the net. Between the fantastic goals and the brilliant defensive performance it truly was a sight to behold. It seemed like every time Chattanooga had a free kick, the ball never got past the wall. It was a fantastic game and if you can make it to a women’s game by all means, go! Maybe if they can draw a big enough crowd, the staff at Silverbacks Park will turn on the scoreboard and use more than one speaker for the sound system (they should be doing that regardless, but that’s a story for another day).

The night following the women’s dominating performance the Men’s team were in Durham taking on Tobacco Road FC. Gabriel Obatola opened the scoring for the Silverbacks by scoring in the 44th minute. The Silverbacks were unable to score a second goal, which wasn’t too much of a problem until Tobacco Road were awarded a penalty late in the game, which was scored by  Ronnie Bouemboue.

The Silverbacks then found themselves in a head to head battle for first place with Carolina Railhwawks NPSL just two days later in Cary. With both teams level on 4 points but the Railhawks having a slightly better goal difference, the Silverbacks needed a win to bring themselves back to the top of the table. Just two minutes in, the man in form Pedro Polaz scored again to give Atlanta the lead. After that goal, the Silverbacks never looked back and went on to win 1-0.

The game was broadcast on Periscope by a Railhawks fan in attendance, and it was watched with great interest by many Silverbacks fans, as well as injured player Kemar Brown. A fan asked Kemar how long he would be out for, and Brown replied that he had just taken his boot off and that he hopes to be ready for the home opener June 4th against Myrtle Beach.

The men’s team have no games this weekend, but the home opener on June 4th is fast approaching so make sure your schedule is clear and you have your ticket ready because it’s bound to be fun. Meanwhile, the red hot Women’s team will be in action, traveling to Nashville to play FC Nashville Wolves. The Wolves fell 1-0 to Memphis Lobos at home last Saturday, perhaps Atlanta can keep their perfect record intact. Their next home game is June 10th against Gulf Coast Texans, which will be a doubleheader with the men’s team who will be playing FC Carolina Discoveries. If you can, make it to Silverbacks Park early on the 10th for the women’s game and see if they can deliver a convincing performance as they did against Chattanooga.

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