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. 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." The team is also noteworthy for their sponsorship of the Color of Ultimate: ATL game, the first Color of Ultimate showcase game.
|League||Premier Ultimate League|
|Head coaches||Aileen Thomas, Meredith Leahy|
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. Most of these teams, including the Atlanta Soul, went on to become founding members of the PUL.
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. In the playoffs semifinal game, the Soul fell to the Medellin Revolution in a tightly contested double-overtime rematch, 26–27.
|2019||2-3 (5th)||0-1||Lost in Semifinals|
|2020||Season Cancelled||0-0||Season Cancelled|
Current coaching staffEdit
- Coach - Aileen Thomas
- Coach - Meredith Leahy
The team's 2020 roster was as follows:
|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|
|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|
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. 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.
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- "Results". Premier Ultimate League. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
- 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.
- News, Daniel Prentice in; comments, Recap with 0 (2019-06-26). "The Color of Ultimate: ATL Earns Center Stage". Ultiworld. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
- "Atlanta Flying Disc Club aims for diversity at upcoming game". FOX 5 Atlanta. 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2020-05-26.