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Girls Soccer Clinches Spot in Final Four with 7-0 Victory over Savannah Country Day

MACON, Ga. – The FPD Lady Vikings are headed back to familiar territory.

For a tenth consecutive season in combined GISA and GHSA play, FPD (17-3) clinched a spot in the state semifinals by knocking off the Savannah Country Day Lady Hornets (12-7-1) on Friday night, May 8 at the FPD Soccer Complex.

The victory sets up a semifinal rematch from a year ago with the Fellowship Christian Paladins on Tuesday night, May 12 at FPD at a time to be determined. Fellowship knocked off Paideia 4-1 to earn a spot in the semifinals.

“We came out with a specific game-plan with players we were trying to watch and formations we were trying to run,” FPD head soccer coach Josh Trieste said. “If we peaked at any point in the season, it was definitely tonight.”

And they did it with ease, holding the Lady Hornets scoreless to claim a tenth straight win.

The scoring started quickly for the Lady Vikings when Jane Howell was fouled in the box nearly three minutes into the match.

Sara Robertson took the penalty kick and drilled it past the Lady Horney keeper for a 1-0 advantage.

“That goal really helped us calm down,” Robertson said. “It can definitely be a game changer with which team gets the first goal, so I’m glad it was us.”

But the Lady Vikings weren’t done.

Nine minutes later, Kate Patterson powered in another goal to make it a 2-0 advantage.

Then, with 15:36 to play in the first period, Maggie Johnston, who returned just before kickoff after competing in the GHSA Class-A Track and Field Championships in Albany in which she took first in discus, gathered a deflection off an Emma Lako shot and pushed it past the Lady Hornet keeper for a commanding 3-0 lead.

“It took a lot of hard work and pulling things together when it counted,” Johnston said of her performances. “This victory couldn’t have happened without my teammates. We’ve worked hard all season in training and it’s nice to see it come together.”

Come together it did even more.

FPD added another score with 7:10 to play in the first period when Maisyn Samples hooked one in off a corner kick. The Lady Vikings would lead 4-0 at halftime.

“We always talk about when the playoffs go on, you have to play a little quicker and more physical,” Trieste said. “We did that tonight with our shooting and passing.”

In the second period, Brooke Battson netted two scores with a Robertson goal sandwiched in between on a direct kick from 40-yards to send FPD to the semifinals.

Jane Howell, who assisted the first Battson goal of the night, says making it to the semifinals is, “a good way to be going right now.”

“We’re going to the final four my senior year,” Howell said. “We’re looking forward to playing that game and hopefully making it to state again.”

The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Paladins 2-1 in overtime in 2014 to make it to the GHSA State Title game.

Johnston tied that match towards the end of regulation that was later won on a goal by Amy Morgan (Class of 2014).

What will happen in the 2015 version?

Viking Nation will have to just wait and see.

Check www.fpdvikings.com for an announced kickoff time for Tuesday’s semifinal rematch in the coming days.

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.

POST-GAME VIDEO:

JANE HOWELL

MAGGIE JOHNSTON

SARA ROBERTSON

JOSH TRIESTE

BOX SCORE:

FPD 7, SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY 0

Goals: FPD – Sara Robertson 2, Brooke Battson 2, Maggie Johnston, Kate Patterson, Maisyn Sammples.

Assists: FPD – Jane Howell 2, Emma Lako, Patterson.

Shots: FPD 18, Savannah Country Day 5.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 4; Savannah Country Day – 8.

Records: FPD 17-3, Savannah Country Day 12-7-1.

Next: Fellowship Christian at FPD, TBD, Tuesday.