The Atlanta Silverbacks are South Atlantic Conference champions thanks to Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win over Tobacco Road FC at Silverbacks Park. Atlanta’s Mitch Garcia was named Man of the Match as he scored the game-tying goal in the 88th minute.
Silverbacks’ fans were in for an exciting game from the start. The Silverbacks began the game strong, attacking in the early minutes and making it into Tobacco Road’s territory on many occasions. After Jason McCartney scored a goal for the visitors, Atlanta was able to tie the game 1-1 with Garcia’s goal.
With a tied game at the end of regulation, the Silverbacks claimed the conference title in overtime when Avery Shepard scored the winning goal to end the game at 2-1. Shepard’s goal in this game marks an extraordinary achievement, having three game-winning or tying goals this season.
With a NPSL South Atlantic Conference championship in hand, the Silverbacks will now play Miami United FC on Saturday, July 16 at Milander Stadium in the next round of the playoffs. The winner of this match will face the winner of Chattanooga FC and Dutch Lions FC NPSL to determine the winner of the South Region title.