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Josh Trieste Nets 500th Career Win as Soccer Sweeps

MACON, Ga. – Josh Trieste was almost at a loss for words.

But as any great coach would do, he gave the credit to his players.

“I’m very grateful and very blessed,” Trieste said on picking up his 500th career win on Tuesday night, April 8. His Vikings defeated Dooly County 8-0 for number 499 and his Lady Vikings sealed number 500 with a 4-0 victory over Griffin at the FPD Soccer Complex.

“God has put me in a position to have great kids here,” Trieste said. “We’ve had some amazing players and teams over the past 12 years.”

Athletic Director Greg Moore says the school welcomed the moment and looks forward to the future with Trieste at the helm.

“We’re all very proud of Coach Trieste,” Moore said. ” It’s a testament to his work ethic and the vision he has always possessed that his teams are consistently exceeding expectations.  Five hundred wins is a whole bunch, but there are more to follow because of how he runs our soccer program and interacts with his players on a daily basis.”

Playing a major role in the wins for Trieste was senior Bradley Mullis, who scored four of FPD’s seven goals in the win over Dooly.

Mullis says seeing Trieste capture the feat was special.

“Playing for Coach (Trieste) has always been really fun,” Mullis said. “His biggest impact on me was being the first coach to care for me as a Christian and as a player.”

Trieste says the wins are great, but the relationships are what matters in the end.

“It’s all about building relationships,” Trieste said. “Whenever I think back or see an old trophy, I think about the players that have been part of those (wins).”

As any coach would do, Trieste offered his thoughts on the matches that had just taken place.

“The boys really got it done in the second half despite being a little sloppy in the first period,” Trieste said.

He also says the Lady Vikings, who were led in scoring by the two goals of Amy Morgan, played really well coming off of the spring break holidays.

“We did a lot of things right to get the win,” Trieste said. “They (Griffin) played back quite a bit, but we were able to get a lot of shots off and it was nice to score some goals.”

Looking forward to 501 and beyond, Trieste said the challenges get tougher as the team inches closer to GHSA postseason play.

“Both of our teams have had great seasons,” Trieste said. “It looks like we’re heading to Brookstone for a pair of region championships, which will be exciting.”

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

VIDEO: Congratulations Coach Trieste

BOX SCORES:

GIRLS SOCCER
FPD 4, GRIFFIN 0

Goals: FPD – Amy Morgan 2, Emma Lako, Maggie Johnston.
Assists: FPD – Jane Howell, Kate Patterson, Morgan, Brooke Battson.
Saves: FPD – Megan Sparks 2; Griffin – Rayne Pilgrim 30.
Shots: FPD 34, Griffin 2.
Record: FPD 13-0.
Next: FPD at Pike County, 5:30 p.m., Thursday.
Game notes: FPD head coach Josh Trieste earned his 500th career win.

 

BOYS SOCCER
FPD 8, DOOLY COUNTY 0

Goals: FPD – Bradley Mullis 4, Kevin Griggs 3, Spencer Ennis 1.
Assists: FPD – Nathaniel Carter 2, Griggs 2, Mullis 1, Christian Moore 1.
Shots: FPD 18, Dooly 0.
Game Notes: FPD head coach Josh Trieste earned his 499th career win…Nicholas Farmer had 10 steals for FPD…Cole Morton had eight steals for FPD.
Record: FPD 10-2-1.
Next: FPD at Pike County, 7:30 p.m., Thursday.