Silverbacks Concede Late Goal, Settle for Draw
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The Atlanta Silverbacks and the defending NASL champions, Minnesota Stars FC, played to a 3-3 draw Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,176 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
After an even start to the opening half, the Silverbacks (0-4-0) started putting pressure on the visiting defense, and it was the team's leading goal scorer Reinaldo Navia who created the game's first major scoring chance in the 15th minute.
The Chilean forward fired a half-volley from 18 yards out that Stars goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel could only tip over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, the Silverbacks nearly broke the deadlock, but defender Rilla’s close-range header sailed just over the crossbar.
After another quality opportunity from midfielder Lucas Paulini, the Silverbacks tested Van Oekel again in the 29th minute. Midfielder Ciaran O'Brien struck a free kick from just outside the box that forced Van Oekel to tip it over to safety.
The Silverbacks hard work in the attack would pay off just a
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