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Stars score two late goals to tie Silverbacks 3-3

ATLANTA -- After dropping four contests to the Stars last year by a combined 9-1 margin, the Silverbacks were up two goals late in position to knock off the defending champions Saturday.

But Devin Del Do scored for Minnesota in the 88th minute, and Justin Davis ripped a 40-yard shot into the net four minutes into second-half stoppage time, knotting up the contest for a 3-3 final.

"I kind of felt responsible for a few of the earlier goals," Davis said. "So it was good to kind of redeem myself a little bit toward the end."

Silverbacks coach Alex Pineda Chacon took a positive viewpoint on his team's fourth tie in four games.

"I think that's one of those accidents of soccer," Chacon said. "We dominate for 80 minutes. They got a couple of good chances. But, you know, that happens sometimes with Barcelona.

"But that is soccer. You have to keep concentration for 90, 95 minutes."

Atlanta (0-4-0, 4 points) got on the board first in the 48th minute. Danilo Turcios passed the ball to Reinaldo Navia in the box, and the forward knocked the ball in with his left foot for his fourth goal of the season.

Turcios and Navia teamed up again to put Atlanta up 2-0 in the 64th minute. Turcios grabbed a misplayed ball in the back and passed it to Navia. His shot was saved off the line by a Stars defender, but he followed his own strike for his league-leading fifth goal of the year.

However, Minnesota (1-3-0, 6 points) wasn't going down without a fight.

After Atlanta goalkeeper Daniel Illyes punched a ball out off a corner, Miguel Ibarra chipped a ball over the defense to Amani Walker. The 6-foot-2 forward punched a shot home to bring Minnesota back to within a goal.

David Santamaria came on for Atlanta in the 75th minute, and he made an impact just four minutes later.

Santamaria received a pass at the top of the box and sent it right to Turcios. The ball was played back to Santamaria, who put a shot past goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel to put Atlanta up two again.

But the lead didn't hold in the final minutes, and the Stars walked away with a point on the road.

"Late goal, you know it kills you," Central grad Borfor "Buff" Carr said. "We dominated the game. You know, it happens. We did the same thing to Carolina, late goal tied it. We had the lead, they came back in the last seconds. We just can't stop playing until the game is over."