DAYTON, Ohio – The Atlanta Silverbacks recovered from Friday’s loss and played the Dayton Dutch Lions to a scoreless draw on Sunday afternoon at Beavercreek High School .
The Silverbacks (3-3-2) now sit in fourth place in the Southeastern Conference, while Dayton (4-1-2) took over first place in the conference with the draw.
In the first half, the Dutch Lions were patient and played their possession style ball. In the 18th minute, a steal in the midfield by Emilie Fillion gave the Dutch Lions the first chance. The pass was sent out to Juliana Libertin on the left who found Kathryn Dolesh across the field, a touch a little too far out allowed Atlanta to block the shot.
Atlanta would counter with an attempt of their own in the 22nd minute. Kansas Bayly sent the ball over the Dayton defense to Savannah Jordan who made a great run, but the attack ended with an offsides call. Despite numerous attempts at goal from both sides, great defending on both ends left the game scoreless at the half.
Atlanta came out strong and fast in the second half going on the attack immediately but the shot by Lexi Hastings from 20 yards out flew over the crossbar. A serve in from the right side in the 54th minute by Stacey Balaam had Dayton beat with Atlanta’s Jamie Pollack and Cherie Sayon both competing for the ball in the box, but Dayton’s defense stepped in and neither could put a head on it.
Dayton countered in the 60th minute with a ball sent up from Abby Pearson to Fillion who slipped behind the Silverbacks defense but the shot rolled off her foot and was easily handled by Jamie Simmons. Dayton pushed forward in the 90th minute, but due to good defending from Atlanta, they were still unable to capitalize on any opportunities being created. The game ended scoreless with each team taking a point.
These two sides will play a third game against each other on Saturday, July 6, at Silverbacks Park in Atlanta. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.