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« on: May 06, 2009, 03:38:41 AM »
SILVERBACKS WOMEN ANNOUNCE FIRST SET OF RETURNING PLAYERS
 
Friday March 6, 2009

The Silverbacks W-League announced today, the return of Ronda Brooks, Carolyn Ford, Rebecca Hall and Tara Minnax – the starting defensive line from last season, and one of the best in the league.

“Having Brooks, Ford, Hall and Minnax all return is very exciting for the sheer consistency and stability that they all bring to the field.  They were able to anchor the defense last year, which was crucial to our success,” commented Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s General Manager, Laura Fedrigo.

The Silverbacks defense only allowed six goals last season and was able to have a record season of ten shutout games, that helped lead to an undefeated regular season.

Brooks, Ford and Hall, will all be returning for their third seasons with the Silverbacks.  Minnax will return for her fifth season with the team, joining the Silverbacks after playing with the Atlanta Beat in 2003 and 2004.  Minnax will continue to extend the record as the Silverbacks Women’s player with the most games played. In addition to anchoring the defense each also contributed on the offensive side as well with Brooks contributing two goals each season and Becks having two goals and an assist last year.

“In addition to the presence that they bring on the field, Ronda, Carolyn, Becks and Tara will also bring their leadership and passion for the game.  They are all amazing players, as well as good people off the field and just positive representations of what our team is about,” said General Manager, Laura Fedrigo.




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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 03:41:26 AM »
SILVERBACKS WOMEN ADD VETERANS TO ROSTER
 
Wednesday March 25, 2009

The Silverbacks W-League announced today, the signing of Julie Augustyniak-Tuff, Brianna McCarty, Janet Parks (formerly Burke) and Jenny Rynders – who will all contribute in both the midfield and the back.

“They are all players that have been extremely consistent for us in years past and we are very happy that they are able to play with us this season.  As veteran players, their poise will help us maintain possession and provide a strong balance to the young talent that we are bringing in,” commented Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s General Manager, Laura Fedrigo.

Augustyniak, who joined the Silverbacks 2006 after her career with the Atlanta Beat, has been a prominent player for the Silverbacks as a tenacious left footed player.  She will contribute both in the back and as an outside midfielder.

“I am really happy to be back with such a strong W-League Organization and am really looking forward to the upcoming season,” commented Augustyniak.
 
McCarty, Parks and Rynders, will all be after returning after playing in past seasons with the Silverbacks.  McCarty and Rynders were both standouts at UAB, while Parks hails from Florida State.   



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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 02:03:17 PM »
SILVERBACKS WOMEN ANNOUNCE TRIO FROM UGA & UAB
 
Thursday May 14, 2009

The Silverbacks W-League announced today, the addition of Michelle Betos, Caroline Patterson, and Megan Tomlinson– from the University of Georgia, as well as Daniel Blair, Laura McCalla and Marie Yempuku – from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"Every season we look for a number of college players that we can add to the squad that will be able to come in and contribute from the start. We are looking forward to having everyone in this week and it will be exciting to see everything come together for the home opener this Saturday," commented Atlanta Silverbacks Women’s General Manager, Laura Fedrigo.

Patterson and McCalla are expected to add to the Silverbacks offense, while Tomlinson and Yempuku will come into the midfield and Blair (defender) and Betos (goalkeeper) will continue to solidify the Silverbacks defense.

"The addition of our college players in the last week will increase the number of options we have both in formations of play and depth of our line-up. We are looking forward to seeing what a number of players bring this season," said Head Coach, Chris Adams.

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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 02:14:01 PM »
As the Silverbacks report explains, their home opener against Tampa Bay came to a bit of a premature end. W-League rules apparently allow the result to stand. The coppers are chasing the copper. :D

SILVERBACKS START SEASON WITH A WIN, AMIDST SOME CHALLENGES
 
Sunday May 17, 2009

Opening night started on a good note for the Atlanta Silverbacks Women, with a 2-0 win over visiting Tampa Hellenic. The Silverbacks took a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute on a goal from forward Carrie Patterson. Patterson took a pass from midfielder Megan Tomlinson in the penalty box and put a shot under the Tampa Bay Hellenic goalkeeper into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Hellenic regrouped and mounted a counterattack on the following kickoff. After a foul just outside of the penalty box, the Hellenic had a great opportunity to equalize the score. The Silverbacks, however, were not ready to relinquish their early lead. The wall did their job to perfection, deflecting the shot wide and ending the Hellenic’s threat.

Great defense was once again evident as Silverbacks goalkeeper, Michelle Betos, came off her line in the 34th minute to foil a breakaway by the Hellenic. The Silverbacks again made a defensive stand just before halftime as they turned away a scoring chance, off of a Hellenic cornerkick in the 43rd minute.

The Silverbacks kept up the intensity throughout the first half, aggressively attacking the goal, netting six shots in the opening minutes to the Hellenic’s four. The Silverbacks also racked up seven fouls to the Hellenic’s one.

Both teams made halftime adjustments, but it was the change made by the Silverbacks that paid off. Michelle Buskey, a second half substitute who entered for Luara McCalla, put the Silverbacks up 2-0 off a pass from Megan Tomlinson. Tomlinson’s second assist of the game was the last action of the night at Silverbacks Park.

Shortly after the Buskey goal, the stadium lights again went off. Played resumed about 15 minutes later when the lights came back on, but it was not to be for long. In the 54th minute, the power went out for good. After a long delay, the game was called.

The issue with the Facility lights was an unforeseen obstacle due to a theft at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Friday. The thieves stole all the copper wiring, a group that authorities allege have stolen the copper from various other local soccer parks and facilities. Although a crew worked around the clock to get the stadium up and running, a short somewhere along the lines brought the power to a halt.

Although everyone was disappointed in the manner in which the game ended, everyone was thrilled with the result, as the Silverbacks were able to claim victory in this opening night matchup. The Silverbacks face Hampton Roads in their next match this Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1089&cat=1

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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2009, 01:32:18 PM »
Silverbacks Stay Undefeated to Start 2009 Season – Home Again May 30th
 
Monday May 25, 2009

The Silverbacks improved to 2-0 to kick off the 2009 season as they dispatched the Hampton Roads Piranhas 2-1 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park with goals from newcomers Newfield and Tomlinson.

The Silverbacks came out strong in the opening 45 minutes and dominated possession throughout the half. Things looked grim in the 24th minute as the Piranhas nearly took an early lead. Piranhas forward Darnelle Mascalle got a fast break and pushed the ball past Silverbacks keeper Mollie Patton, but the relentless Silverbacks defense recovered to prevent the Piranhas from taking the early advantage and finishing the opportunity.

The Silverbacks continued to pressure and their hard work paid off with a goal in the 28th minute by midfielder Alexa Newfield. Newfield was assisted by Carrie Patterson and Megan Tomlinson, after a combination and cross to the far post. Tomlinson’s assist was her 3rd in the first two games of the season.

The Silverbacks were threatened soon after as the Piranhas countered in the 32nd minute. A foul 25 yards away from the Silverbacks goal set up a free kick opportunity for the Piranhas. A shot by midfielder Wendy Wadell was deflected by keeper Melanie Patton and ricocheted off the crossbar. Luckily for the Silverbacks, offsides was called after the ricochet, ending the threat.

A light rain greeted the stadium as play began in the second half. The rain would continue on and off for the duration of the game. In the 55th minute a foul inside the box resulted in a Penalty Kick for the visitors. Melanie Cobb put the shot past Patton to even the score at 1-1.

The game would not stay tied for long. In the 67th minute, Tomlinson took a pass from Michelle Buskey, who entered the game in the 64th minute, and chipped it over Piranhas keeper Vicky Johnson to give the Silverbacks the 2-1 advantage. This was the second game in a row that Buskey entered as a second half substitute and contributed immediately. She scored the second goal in the Silverbacks 2-0 victory last week against Tampa Bay. The second goal would prove to be the winning goal as the Silverbacks held off the Piranhas in a rain soaked night in Atlanta.

The Silverbacks next home game is Saturday May 30th against the Richmond Kickers at 7:30pm. The Silverbacks will be hosting a BLACK OUT night – asking all fans to wear black and the first 500 fans will receive Frisbee flyers.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1092&cat=1

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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 05:20:59 PM »
SILVERBACKS REMAIN UNDEFEATED
 
Sunday May 31, 2009

On a “blackout” themed night, the Silverbacks played lights out to defeat the Richmond Kickers 4-0.  The Silverbacks, as well as many of their fans, were decked out in all black to celebrate the theme.  The Kickers didn’t start the game in all black, but certainly finished black and blue as the Silverbacks dominated the match from start to finish.

The Silverbacks came out strong tonight as they took an early 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  If it weren’t for a few unfortunate offsides calls, the Silverbacks could have held a 4-0 lead at the half.  Goals in the 26th and 38th minute were called back due to offsides.  The Silverbacks got on the board in the 18th minute as Megan Tomlinson assisted Alexa Newfield to give the Silverbacks an early 1-0 lead. 

The Silverbacks would add onto their lead in the 45th minute as Cortni Joyner staked the Silverbacks to a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  Joyner’s goal came off a deflection after Richmond keeper Allie Allbright made a save on Tomlinson’s breakaway.

In the 58th minute, Michelle Buskey came in as a substitute and immediately made her presence felt. In the 61st minute, Buskey buried the deflection from Newfield’s shot to give the Silverbacks the 3-0 advantage. 

Buskey would strike again in the 73rd minute to cap off the scoring for the Silverbacks at 4 goals.  Her 2nd goal of the night was assisted by Rebecca Hall.  In three games entering as a substitute, Buskey has accumulated 3 goals and an assist.  She leads the team in goals despite playing less than 45 minutes in every game.

On a night that saw many close calls and missed opportunities, the Silverbacks have to be pleased with the final score.  The Silverbacks were able to match their total goals scored in the first two games by just the 73rd minute of the game.

The Silverbacks are now 3-0 on the season and look to continue their good fortunes at home as they take on the Cary Lady Cadets, Friday June 5th at home.  For the first time the Silverbacks will be sporting their ALL WHITE kit at home – fans can continue the streak and show their support by wearing all white next week and making some noise – the Silverbacks will be giving away noise horns.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1099&cat=4

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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009, 12:23:46 PM »
Atlanta downs Cary 3-0

Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, June 5, 2009

The Atlanta Silverbacks remained undefeated at home after beating the Cary Lady Clarets 3-0 on Friday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks improved to 4-0-0 on the season, and ended their four-game home stand with a perfect record.

The Silverbacks were able to outscore their opponents 11-1, including three shutouts,in the four contests, giving up only one goal on a controversial penalty kick call.

Silverbacks forward Cortni Joyner celebrated her birthday in style, scoring the first goal of the night in the opening seconds of the match. Joyner put the deflected cross of midfielder Megan Tomlinson past Clarets keeper, Kelsey Kearney, just 22 seconds into the match.

That quick goal would prove to be all the Silverbacks would need to defeat the Clarets.

In the 21st minute, Tomlinson was able to score a goal of her own by converting a pass from Rhonda Brooks. The ball was crossed, and Brooks at that back post was able to volley the ball back to Tomlinson.

In the 84th minute, Tomlinson again found the net as she netted her own blocked shot. Tomlinson’s second goal of the night was her third of the season to move her ahead of Michelle Buskey for the team point leader. Tomlinson also has four assists on the season.

Silverbacks’ keeper, Michelle Betos, made two saves and recorded her third shutout of the season.

The Silverbacks look to continue their winning ways as they head to Virginia for a three game road swing June 11th, 12th and 13th. The Silverbacks next home game will be Saturday, June 20th against the Northern Virginia Majestics at 7:30 pm – they will be giving away Koozies at the gate.

http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/337204.html

Koozies ???


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Re: Atlanta Silverbacks
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2009, 06:42:03 PM »
SILVERBACKS STUNNED – REFS MAKE GAME CHANGING CALLS
 
Saturday July 25, 2009

The Silverbacks ended their season shocked and dismayed after two calls in the last minutes of the game, ended their season with a 2-1 loss to Charlotte in the W-League Eastern Conference semi-final.

The Silverbacks dominated most of the game, outshooting their opponents 16 – 3 (2 shots being the goals) and having 8 corners to the Lady Eagles 0. The Backs were finally able to capitalize in the 76th minute when Cortni Joyner delivered a corner into the box and Rebecca Hall headed it in.  With only fifteen minutes to play the Silverbacks continued to pressure to try and gain that second goal.  In the 85th, the Silverbacks were unable to clear a ball at the 35 and one of the Lady Eagles was able to get in on the side of the box.  With an initial shot saved by Michelle Betos, players Marie Yempuku and Christa Mann proceeded to pressure and defend when the Charlotte player took a shot that ricocheted off Yempuku at she jumped to block the shot and placed here arms flat against her chest.  The referee called a penalty and issued Yempuku a straight red.

With the game tied, the Silverbacks continued to push on with only 10 players having just minutes to play before the game would be sent into over time.  In the 88th minute the Lady Eagle pressed as well and took a long service towards the top of the 18 where two players went in for a fifty-fifty ball.  The ref blew his whistle again and spotted a foul for the Lady Eagles at the top of the 18.  Lindsey Ozimck finished her second goal of the night with a shot to the upper right corner.  The game ended just minutes later to a rain of boos from the thousand fans at the match.

The Charlotte Lady Eagles progress to take on the Washington Freedom who beat Tampa 2-1 in the other semi-final. The Conferemce winners then advance to the W-League Semi-Final.

“I think everyone in the stands was shocked, including the referee assessor and league officials.  It is one thing to give a questionable PK in the closing minutes of a match (on video the ball appears to hit Yempuku in the face), it is something completely different to give a straight red when you have another player (Mann) standing right behind her and a goalkeeper right there.  That was just completely wrong and goes against the rules of the game,” commented GM Laura Fedrigo.

“I think we are all simply perplexed and dismayed.  I don’t know how you make those calls and give a game away in the final minutes.  It is unfortunate for our players and our fans to close our season out like that,” commented Fedrigo.  “Charlotte is a good team and we wish them the best.”

“At the end of the day, we play in a very competitive conference and it will be exciting to watch Charlotte and Washington play.  We simply hope the fans come out to support them and don’t hold a referee’s calls against them.  Our entire staff and most of the team will be out to watch and see who wins,” said Fedrigo.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1119&cat=1