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Friday, July 8, 2016

What time is it? Four Past Railhawks - By Taylor Peyton

Silverbacks fans who made the journey to Georgia Gwinnett College were treated to a fantastic 4-0 win by the home team. The Silverbacks put four goals past the Railhawks keeper, the most goals they’ve scored this season, and the defense led by captain Mitch Garcia was impenetrable.

The usual suspects, Pedro Polaz and Johanning, were well and truly at the top of their games. Polaz scored two goals and provided an assist. Johanning was causing havoc as he usually does and scored a goal as well.

Gabriel Obatola also found his way onto the scoresheet by scoring in the 31st minute to make it 1-0 Silverbacks. This was his first goal since the Silverbacks 1-1 draw in Durham against Tobacco Road FC. When Tobacco Road FC came to Silverbacks Park, Obatola did not take part because he was still serving his suspension after his red card against Myrtle Beach. Considering he scored against the Railhawks on Thursday, and that he’s scored against Tobacco Road before one has to think he has a chance to play a part in Saturday’s game.

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Before this game, the Silverbacks hadn’t even scored four goals in a game this season. The most they had scored was 3 in their opening game in Conyers against Georgia Revolution. The Silverbacks players well and truly rose to the occasion by scoring so effectively in the biggest game of the season, thus far.

A victory on the road against Indy Eleven on August 2, 2014 was the last time the Silverbacks scored four goals in a win prior to their game Thursday. It was also the Silverbacks largest margin of victory since May 28, 2014  when they beat Chattanooga FC 5-0 in the US Open Cup.

While the Silverbacks were dominating the Railhawks, the Mutiny and Tobacco Road FC were locked into a very tight contest. There wasn’t a goal until stoppage time when Tobacco Road were awarded a penalty which was converted by Diout. If Tobacco Road getting a penalty late in the game sounds familiar to you, that’s because it happened when the Silverbacks were playing them in Durham. This time, it had a much more positive effect on the Silverbacks because the penalty, and the 1-0 Tobacco Road victory, meant that the Silverbacks would be hosting Tobacco Road FC at home on Saturday.

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After losing 8-1 at home to the Railhawks in their last regular season game, no one could have predicted that Tobacco Road FC would defeat Myrtle Beach, much less in Myrtle Beach’s house. However, they pulled off the upset and will now be making the trip to Atlanta. One thing about Tobacco Road that sticks out is their success on the road. Prior to their playoff victory, Tobacco Road tied Myrtle Beach at Ashley Booth Stadium to start the season. They beat the Railhawks 2-1 in Cary and beat Georgia Revolution in Conyers. Their regular season road record was 2-1-2. They only lost one road game this season. Against who you ask? The Atlanta Silverbacks, that’s who.

It has been confirmed that the game will be played at Silverbacks Park with an 8 pm kickoff. Buy your ticket and make your way to the Park to see if the Silverbacks can replicate, or even improve on their success against the Railhawks!

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