Atlanta Soul

The Atlanta Soul is a professional women's ultimate frisbee team based in Atlanta which competes in the Premier Ultimate League (PUL). The team joined the PUL for the league's inaugural 2019 season.[1] Their stated mission is to "increase the visibility of female athletes and catalyze a culture shift in sports entertainment by providing quality and accessible programming that encourages girls in under-resourced Atlanta communities to realize their potential and power."[2] The team is also noteworthy for their sponsorship of the Color of Ultimate: ATL game, the first Color of Ultimate showcase game.[3]

Atlanta Soul
Atlanta Soul logo.png
SportUltimate frisbee
Founded2018
LeaguePremier Ultimate League
Based inAtlanta
Head coachesAileen Thomas, Meredith Leahy
Websiteatlantasoulultimate.com

Franchise historyEdit

The Atlanta Soul formed in 2018 for a series of women's professional games featuring matches between teams from Indianapolis (Red), Detroit (Riveters), Nashville (Nightshade), Raleigh (Radiance), and Austin (Torch). The Medellin Revolution also played one game in this series.[4] Most of these teams, including the Atlanta Soul, went on to become founding members of the PUL.

The Soul is one of the original eight teams in the Premier Ultimate League, which had its inaugural season in 2019.[5][6] The Soul is co-owned by Angela Lin and Maddy Frey.[7]

The team would have played its second season in 2020, but the PUL cancelled the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8][9]

RecordEdit

In their 2019 regular season, the Soul defeated the Austin Torch 19-15 and the Nashville Nightshade 23–16. They fell to the Medellin Revolution 20-30 and 17–24, and to the NY Gridlock 19–21.[10] In the playoffs semifinal game, the Soul fell to the Medellin Revolution in a tightly contested double-overtime rematch, 26–27.[10]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs Finish
2019 2-3 (5th) 0-1[10] Lost in Semifinals
2020 Season Cancelled 0-0 Season Cancelled
Total 2-3 0-1

Current coaching staffEdit

  • Coach - Aileen Thomas
  • Coach - Meredith Leahy

RosterEdit

The team's 2020 roster was as follows:[11]

2020 Atlanta Soul
# Name Pronouns College Most Recent Club Team
Alex Fairley University of Georgia Atlanta Ozone
3 Caroline Taylor* Atlanta Bucket
Cate Yackey Asheville Superlame
Chupzi Lema Georgia Tech Atlanta Bucket
Claire Bidigare-Curtis Belmont University
Courtney Testa University of Florida
Ellie Daniels Madison Heist
52 Erynn Schroeder College of St. Benedict Atlanta Ozone
8 India Stubbs Harvard University Atlanta Ozone
24 Kate Travaglini University of Florida Florida Tabby Rosa
30 Katherine Yost Georgia College Atlanta Bucket
Katie Gainer Georgia State University Atlanta Bucket
Kat Smith
Lanie O'Neill Clemson University Triangle Area Warhawks
Larissa Ferreira Florida State University Florida Fiasco
41 Leah Tsinajinnie Georgia Tech Atlanta Ozone
Lily Ponitz Atlanta Ozone
00 Lisa Fitton Florida State University Florida Weird
2 Liz Leon Bowdoin College
Maddie Boyd Auburn University Atlanta Ozone
Mary Virginia Rockwell University of Georgia Athens (GA) Murmur
Meg Harris Atlanta Ozone
Melanie Lindsey University of Tennessee
Merideth Byl Auburn University
27 Mo McCamley* Atlanta Ozone
49 Robyn Fennig* University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Iowa Washington D.C. Scandal
44 Sam Hill Atlanta Bucket

*captain

Color of UltimateEdit

The Soul, along with the Atlanta Hustle, sponsored and supported the first Color of Ultimate game, held in Atlanta on June 22, 2019.[12][13] The Color of Ultimate showcase games are a project of the Atlanta Flying Disc Club (AFDC) Project Diversity initiative aimed at raising the profiles of elite ultimate players of color from around the world.


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ comments, Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 (2019-01-22). "New Women's & Non-Binary Semi-Pro League Set To Launch In April". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  2. ^ "About Us | Atlanta, GA". Atlanta Soul. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  3. ^ "The Color of Ultimate: ATL". Atlanta Flying Disc Club. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  4. ^ "Women's Pro Ultimate Schedule | USA | Atlanta Soul Ultimate". Atlanta Soul. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  5. ^ Zagoria, Adam (2019-06-28). "Born of a Boycott, a Women's Ultimate Frisbee League Charts Its Own Path". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Women's Ultimate Frisbee League - Ms. Magazine". msmagazine.com. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Soul: Meet the city's new professional Ultimate team". Atlanta INtown Paper. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  8. ^ comments, Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 (2020-03-12). "Western Ultimate League Postpones Start of Season Due to Coronavirus Outbreak". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  9. ^ comments, Charlie Eisenhood in News with 0 (2020-04-14). "Premier Ultimate League 2020 Season Has Been Canceled". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  10. ^ a b c "Results". Premier Ultimate League. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  11. ^ Raynor, Keith; Opinion, Daniel Prentice in; comments, Preview with 0 (2020-03-05). "PUL 2020: A Look At The New Rosters". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  12. ^ News, Daniel Prentice in; comments, Recap with 0 (2019-06-26). "The Color of Ultimate: ATL Earns Center Stage". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  13. ^ "Atlanta Flying Disc Club aims for diversity at upcoming game". FOX 5 Atlanta. 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2020-05-26.

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