PLANT CITY, Fla. – The Atlanta Silverbacks women’s soccer team scored early and often to defeat VSI Tampa Bay 3-2 in a rain-shortened game in Plant City, Fla. on Saturday afternoon.
The matchup puts Atlanta (3-2-1) in a three-way tie for first place while VSI (1-5-1) remains in last place in the Southeastern Conference.
The Silverbacks took an early lead, with two goals from Savannah Jordon in the opening 10 minutes of the match. The first unassisted goal from Jordon came in the fifth minute of play, followed by a brilliant ball from midfielder Kristin Burton that resulted in Jordon's second goal in the eighth minute.
VSI recovered quickly, pulling a goal back via an unassisted effort from Sharla Passariello in the 24th.
Stacy Bishop tallied the second VSI goal after a penalty kick was awarded for defender Alexandra Eagle's efforts. Eagle's shot deflected off the arm of an Atlanta defender inside Atlanta's box.
The game continued through light afternoon showers with a free kick in the 43rd sealing VSI's fate as the Silverbacks fired it into Che Brown's box. The ball bounced to Atlanta midfielder Cherie Sayon, who was able to restore the Atlanta lead.
As second-half substitutions began to warm up on the field lightning lit up the afternoon sky, sending everyone off the field and into the concourse of Plant City Stadium. The strike was the first of many and the thunderstorm continued for hours at Plant City Stadium, causing the game to be officially called as final.
The Silverbacks now look forward to their trip to Dayton, Ohio for two games against the Dutch Lions on June 28 and 30. The games will serve as the final road matchups for the Silverbacks.