Stressful game in Atlanta tonight as the Silverbacks won 2-1 over Rochester in game one of the quarterfinals. Atlanta went up early on a Warren Ukah special. Ukah crashed the box, the ball took a couple of deflections off the keeper and Ukah, and Warren found the right touch to place the ball in the goal. All of his goals over the last few weeks have been of the same variety, it says a lot for finishing the play, doesn't it?
The Rhinos stepped up their game after the goal, and leveled the score ten minutes later via a great shot from outside the box. Ryan McIntosh got a hand to it, but couldn't keep it out. The rest of the first half was fairly even.
Rochester and Atlanta went back and forth for the first part of the second half, until Golden Cupcake award winner Tony McManus went down with an injury. It took a while for the Atlanta midfield to get settled after McManus left the game, and Rochester took control. Unfortunately for the Rhinos, they didn't really put McIntosh under too much pressure though. Just when things looked destined for a 1-1 draw and a tough road in Rochester, substitute Anthony Wolfe was found unmarked at the far post on a Luis Liendo corner for the game winner. Looks bad for Rochester when the smallest guy on the field scores the game winning goal on a header, doesn't it?
A one goal lead won't be easy to defend on Sunday in Rochester, but that's the task Atlanta has been left with. We'll see if McIntosh and the boys are up for it.
Postgame, Tony McManus was presented with his Golden Cupcake award for the year. I think he forgot about his injury for a little while...The Cupcake love was spread all around, I think we might even have a new fan...
Best of luck to the Silverbacks players and coaching staff as they head to Rochester for Sunday's game!