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Boys Soccer Playoff Run Ends with 2-0 Loss at Athens Academy

ATHENS, Ga. – The 2015 season came to a close for the FPD varsity boys soccer team (11-7-2) on Wednesday night, who dropped its GHSA Class-A Sweet-16 match to the Athens Academy Spartans (14-1-1) at Slaughter Field.

“I’m proud of our guys for their work this season,” FPD head boys soccer coach Josh Trieste said. “We knew it would be a battle tonight and we played hard to the very end.”

The Spartans posted a goal in each period to take the win while holding the Vikings scoreless.

Mason Jones found the back of the net with 19 minutes to play in the first period to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.

“They got the first goal and we were forced to play down the rest of the match,” Trieste said. “They have a good team and we knew that scoring against them would be difficult.”

The Vikings certainly tried.

FPD finished with 10 shots on the night, but Athens Academy notched 16.

One of those shots was successful again in the second period when Morgan scored with less than five minutes to play to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

Viking keeper Dontrez Johnson closed out his first year in the net with an eight save performance. Spartan goalie Riley Rupert totaled five saves in the win.

“Although we didn’t win, we still had a good year,” Trieste said. “I’m proud of the guys, especially our seniors. We faced some adversity and injuries this year. But we worked through them and grew closer as a team.”

FPD graduates five seniors from this years’ squad: Stephen Dance, Luke Thomas, Cole Morton, Kevin Griggs and Landon Newberry.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their hard work and dedication to the soccer program throughout the years.

Check www.fpdvikings.com in the offseason for updates on the boys soccer team.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

ATHENS ACADEMY 2, FPD 0

Goals: Athens Academy – Jones, Morgan.

Shots: Athens Academy 16, FPD 10.

Saves: FPD – Johnson 8; Athens Academy – Rupert 5.

Records: Athens Academy 14-1-1; FPD 11-7-2.