Saturday May 15, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010, Atlanta GA –
The Atlanta Silverbacks Women opened the season with a 1-0 win against the Hampton Roads Piranhas Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks, wearing their throwback blue jerseys, looked as good as years past as they limited Hampton Roads to just one shot. The night also marked the 2nd Annual Disability Awareness Night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, whereby half of the proceeds from the gate were donated to three local charities – Hi Hope, Blaze for Life and the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.
Forward Kay Harbrueger scored the first goal of the season for the Silverbacks in the 19th minute as she laced a shot to the left side of the goal past the scrambling goalkeeper. Harbrueger’s goal would prove to be the deciding factor. Midfielder Katy Frierson nearly put the Silverbacks ahead by two during the first half stoppage time, but her shot went just wide of the net.
The Silverbacks played terrific defense and goalkeeper Michelle Betos picked up her first clean sheet of the season. The second half turned into a defensive struggle as both teams looked to be more aggressive. Each team picked up a yellow card in the second half. Frierson picked up a yellow for tripping in the 90th minute and Hampton Roads defender Laurel McKenzie picked up a yellow in the 60th minute for holding. Although there were opportunities throughout the second half, the lone gone would decide the match.
“We are obviously happy anytime we can get a win, especially at home to start the season. This week of training will be crucial in that we have a few more players that will be joining the squad and we face Tampa next week, which is always a battle and tough to get a positive result,” commented Head Coach Chris Adams.
The Silverbacks are back in action on Saturday, May 22nd as they host the Tampa Bay Hellenic at Atlanta Silverbacks Park at 7:30. The game will mark the first ever City of Doraville night where many of the schools and local business will be represented. Due to the likelihood of a capacity crowd, fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they make kick-off. Silverbacks Season Ticket Holders, Sponsors and Staff will be able to park on the lower fields and lots. If you haven’t purchased your season ticket yet, you still can online at www.atlantasilverbacks.com. For just $100 you can get up to 6 people into each home game.