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Silverbacks win 1st game of season

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

ATLANTA -- It took 10 games, but lightning finally struck for the Silverbacks.

After struggling through its first nine games with seven losses and two ties, Atlanta broke into the win column by beating Montreal 2-1 on Wednesday in a game delayed a few minutes in the second half due to lightning in the area.

Atlanta (1-7-2, 5 points), which had only scored three goals all season, netted two goals in the first half. Raphael Cox put a pass from Mario Perez into the net for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. In the 34th minute, Cox stole a pass from Impact keeper Bill Gaudette and dealt it to Matt Horth, who buried the shot from four yards out for a 2-0 lead.

Mignane Diouf got a goal back for Montreal (2-5-2, 8 points) with a score in the 44th minute off a cross from Idriss Ech Chergui. But Lawrenceville native Jimmy Maurer in goal and the defense in front of him held on to secure a win.