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Kandji, Toure lift Silverbacks

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Silverbacks outlasted the Charleston Battery 2-1 on Friday in a game filled with rough play.

Ansu Toure gave Atlanta the lead for good in the 37th minute off a pass from Jerson Monteiro.

Atlanta goalkeeper Felipe Quintero made Atlanta's lead hold with a strong effort, including a penalty kick save in the 64th minute. Charleston's Osvaldo Alsonso sent the kick low and to the lower right of the goal, but Quintero guessed correctly and saved the shot.

"I think the confidence rose in our players as the game wore on, and we saw better soccer played," Silverbacks coach Jason Smith said.

The Silverbacks went on the board first courtesy of a penalty kick. Charleston's Stephen Armstrong took Atlanta's Macoumba Kandji down inside the box, and Kandji buried the shot on the PK for a 1-0.

Atlanta's lead didn't last long as Armstrong took a free kick from just outside the 18 and meandered it past everybody and into the back of the net. Toure earned a straight red card in the 72nd minute for taking Armstrong down. The ejection left Atlanta down to 10 men for the remainder of the game and will lead to a suspension for Toure. There were 21 total fouls, four yellow cards and Toure's red card in the game.