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Boys Soccer Opens 2016 Viking Cup with 1-0 Shutout over West Laurens

MACON, Ga. – Day one of the 2016 Viking Cup went according to plan for the FPD Vikings (1-0-1), who claimed a 1-0 shutout over the West Laurens High School Raiders at the FPD Soccer Complex on Thursday night.

The victory sets up a semifinal match for FPD on Friday night vs. Putnam County at 7:30 p.m. West Laurens will play Saturday morning at 9 a.m. against Warner Robins.

“In what was certainly not our best played game it was nice to battle for a Viking Cup victory in our opening match,” FPD head coach Josh Trieste said.

FPD scored the lone goal of the match from the foot of Tyler Schultz on an assist from Dane Wiggins with 13:28 to play in the first period.

The rest of the match would render no more scores and the Vikings took the win.

“Tyler sure scored a nice goal from Dane to help secure the win,” Trieste said. “I’m glad we got one to go first to help alleviate some of the pressure in that first half.”

FPD out-shot West Laurens 9-6 on the night.

Viking keeper Dontrez Johnson picked up six saves in the winning bid while Raider goalie Braxton Hodge corralled five.

Friday’s match against Putnam County for the Vikings will be a rematch of last years’ Viking Cup Semifinal.

“The team and I are looking forward to a chance to see Putnam County again after they knocked us out of the Viking Cup last year,” Trieste said.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the FPD Soccer Complex.

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 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 1, WEST LAURENS 0

Goals: FPD – Tyler Schultz.

Assists: FPD – Dane Wiggins.

Shots: FPD 9, West Laurens 6.

Saves: FPD – Dontrez Johnson 6; West Laurens – Braxton Hodge 5.

Record: FPD 1-0-1.

Game notes: Match was part of the 2016 Viking Cup.

Next: Putnam County at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Warner Robins v. West Laurens at FPD, 9 a.m., Saturday.