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Lady Vikings Drop to Fellowship 6-5 on PK’s in GHSA Semifinals

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls soccer team (17-4) saw its 2015 season come to a close in heartbreaking fashion, falling to the Fellowship Christian Lady Paladins (16-0-2) 2-2 (6-5 PK’s) in the GHSA Class-A Girls Semifinal Round on Tuesday night, May 12 at the FPD Soccer Complex.

The Lady Paladins advance to the Championship Match against Hebron Christian on Thursday at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium.

“It’s a tough way to go out for sure,” FPD head coach Josh Trieste said. “I was proud of the way our girls played. It was a physical game from the very beginning and we made some plays when we needed to.”

In a match that saw more fouls than goals scored, the Lady Vikings came out of the gates poised and ready.

Just under six minutes into the match, Kate Patterson punched in the first of her two goals off Maisyn Samples corner kick to give FPD a 1-0 advantage early on.

“Kate definitely gave us some spark when we needed it” Trieste said. “We went through some of the match where we had a hard time possessing the ball and she was able to get us going when we needed it.”

But the Lady Vikings couldn’t stop the Lady Paladin attack.

With just under 17 minutes to play in the first period, Fellowship’s Megan Hudgens connected with Sarah Kate Jones off a free kick to even the match at 1-1.

In the second period, Patterson scored her second goal from nearly 40 yards from midfield, spinning around a Lady Paladin defender to find the upper shelf of the net.

But Fellowship answered yet again.

With just under 13 minutes to play in regulation, Abigail Freemeyer scored inside the box off a pass from Hudgens to deadlock the match at 2-2.

Both squads would battle back and forth for two overtime periods but failed to score, thus resulting in penalty kicks.

FPD and Fellowship would nail their first five penalty kick attempts, but on the sixth try the Lady Paldins crept one in the goal coupled with a FPD miss to end the match.

“We work on penalty kicks a few times a week in practice,” Trieste said. “We take it really serious but it’s hard to duplicate a win-lose situation. We gave it our best, but came up just short.”

Trieste is still proud of his girls, despite the sting of falling in the biggest match of the year.

“They showed a ton of heart and guts tonight,” Trieste said. “It wasn’t easy but we competed for the full match. I’m proud of our seniors for the work they put in all year. Making it to the Final Four is something to be proud of.”

The Lady Vikings have now advanced to the Final Four each of the past 10 seasons, the latter five coming in GHSA play.

FPD sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their hard work and dedication throughout the years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your future endeavors!

Check www.fpdvikikings.com in the offseason for updates on the Lady Viking 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.

MEDIA COVERAGE:

Macon Telegraph Article by Ron Seibel

13WMAZ Highlights

41NBC Highlights

BOX SCORE:

FPD 2, FELLOWSHIP 2 (Fellowship wins in PK’s 6-5)

PK: Fellowship – Megan Hudgens (good), Abigail Freemeyer (good), Stephanie Haigwood (good), Mackenzie Gibbs (good), Sarah Kate Jones (good), Rachel Haigwood (good); FPD – Sara Robertson (good), Elizabeth Nelson (good), Jane Howell (good), Kate Patterson (good), Maisyn Samples (good), Maggie Johnston (no good).

Goals: FPD – Patterson 2; Fellowship – Hudgens, Freemeyer.

Assists: FPD – Samples; Fellowship – Hudgens, Jones.

Shots: Fellowship 14, FPD 10.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 10; Fellowship – Shannon Milhollin 8.

Records: FPD 17-4, Fellowship 16-0-2.