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Friday, June 17, 2016

Two Games Are Better Than One - By Taylor Peyton

It’s double the pleasure, and triple the fun! The Silverbacks have another doubleheader this Saturday. The Women’s team will kick off at 4 pm vs. Memphis Lobos, their biggest challengers for the WPSL Southeast Conference crown. Both Teams have perfect records, but just moments ago Memphis won their game against Chattanooga to go 5-0-0 with 15 points to Atlanta’s 12.

Atlanta’s goal difference is 8, and Memphis’ is 7, so a win would put the Silverbacks in first with a game in hand. The night before playing the Silverbacks they were at Finley Stadium taking on Chattanooga FC, a match they won 3-1. Perhaps it is a little bit unfair and unnecessary for some WPSL teams to have to play two consecutive nights especially around this time of the year. Sure the WPSL has unlimited subs, but it still seems a bit cruel on the players. Thankfully, our women are not scheduled to play on back to back nights this season. With the unlimited subs rule, it’s up for debate whether or not fatigue will come into factor when Memphis plays Atlanta. We’ll see how their head coach Chrissy Strini approaches this game after the win against Chattanooga. During her playing career, Strini was a First Team All-SEC midfielder in 2005 and 2006 while playing for Ole Miss.

I’m not sure how many people support the Lobos, but it seems that the people that do support them view them as being a fantastic team that can take on the world, or at the very least, the Southeast Conference. This would also be how Silverbacks fans see our women’s team. Both teams are locked in right now, and it’s hard to predict the outcome of a game between two teams that have been head and shoulders over the previous competition. All I can say is, get to the park early to watch it. It seems that the crowd for women’s game only consists of people who know the players, and of course members of Westside 109 and the Ultras. Everyone who has seen them play has been thoroughly impressed. Since club social media has dropped the ball on doing it, I will take it upon myself to urge all of you to see the women’s team in action, so you can see what the fuss is about.

The second game would, of course, be the second place Men’s team. They play Tobacco Road FC at 7:30 in their penultimate home game this season (which is painful to think about). After Myrtle Beach’s midweek loss to Carolina Railhawks NPSL, the Silverbacks have a chance to reclaim the top spot in the South Atlantic Conference. The Mutiny would have to lose again on Saturday to FC Carolina Discoveries in Rock Hill, but most importantly the Silverbacks would have to take care of business.

In their previous meeting, the Silverbacks were in control until Tobacco Road were awarded a penalty late in the game, that they converted. Since that 1-1 draw with the Silverbacks in Durham, they’ve been a little bit up and down. They got their first win on June 4th against the Railhawks by a score of 2-1, and then their second win came on Thursday of this week after beating Georgia Revolution 3-1 in Conyers. By scoring a brace against the Revolution, Cameron Moseley became Tobacco Road’s top scorer with three goals. Moseley currently plays his college soccer at Duke University and is originally from Duluth, Ga. This past college season he recorded a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils.

After seven games Tobacco Road sits third in the South Atlantic Conference with 9 points and a record of 2-2-3. With ten goals scored they are about on par with the rest of the conference, but defensively they have conceded 11 goals. Only FC Carolina Discoveries (13) and Georgia Revolution (20) have conceded more. Considering the previous meeting between these two teams was only the second match for the Silverbacks, the attack has improved a bit since then, and perhaps it could be harder for Tobacco Road to handle than it was on May 22 in Durham.

Stakes are high for both the Men and Women. For the Men, it’s a chance to be back in first place with control of their destiny if they take care of business, and other results go their way. For the Women, it’s a chance to prove that they are the real powerhouse of their conference by beating the only team that has matched their results up to this point. Get to Silverbacks Park by 4 pm to enjoy two intriguing matchups, as well as a temperature that is projected only to be in the low to mid-80s. There won’t be another doubleheader this season, and who knows how long it’ll be until we have a relatively mild day in Atlanta again. Take advantage of both on Saturday and Support YOUR Silverbacks, Men, and Women.


  1. Hi Taylor, can we publish your story on our website? Also,let me know if you would like to be a regular contributor for the club. Best regards,
    Marco, Silverbacks FC

    1. Hi Marco, I'm really sorry I have taken so long to reply, I haven't seen the comment until now. If you're still interested in having me, I would love to be a regular contributor for the club.