Silverbacks shut out by Impact 4-0

MONTREAL — The Atlanta Silverbacks fell to the Montreal Impact 4-0 Sunday night at Saputo Stadium in Montreal.

The Impact (4-10-7) looked threatening from the start and didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Impact forward Mircea Ilcu slipped a shot past Silverbacks goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the fourth minute of the match, scoring his first goal of the season and giving his team an early 1-0 lead.

The Impact would add to their advantage just four minutes later when defender Hassoum Camara fired an acrobatic bicycle kick past Maurer, a Lawrenceville native. The ball was loose in the penalty area after a corner kick; it eventually fell to Camara, whose overhead kick snuck inside the near post to double the Impact’s lead.

Despite the Silverbacks’ best efforts to stop Montreal, the Impact continued to heap on the offensive pressure in the first half. The home team tallied a third goal in the 35th minute thanks to a long-range effort from midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic. The former New York Red Bulls player found space at the top of the penalty area and fired a high shot over a diving Maurer for his first goal of the season.

The Silverbacks (3-15-3), who had not lost to Montreal in two games this season, managed to settle down in the second half. They played stronger defense and, at times, controlled possession, but they could not create many meaningful scoring opportunities.

Despite the improved play from the visitors, the Impact tallied a fourth goal in the 81st minute. Offensive substitute Mignane Diouf received a pass from Ubiparipovic and calmly put it past Maurer, giving Diouf his second goal of the season against the Silverbacks.