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Lady Vikings Come from Behind to Defeat Savannah Christian 4-3 in 2OT, Advance to Elite 8

SAVANNAH, Ga. – After falling behind 1-0, things looked grim for the FPD varsity girls soccer team at halftime.

But in the second half, the Lady Vikings’ (14-2-3) offense came to life to outscore the Savannah Christian Prep School Lady Raiders (10-3-2) 4-2 in double overtime, the winning goal coming on a penalty kick by Jansyn Samples, as FPD knocked off Savannah Christian 4-3 in GHSA Class-A Sweet 16 in dramatic fashion.

“The win tonight was huge for our team,” Samples said. “All our hard work during the season has greatly contributed to our success in the postseason.”

As for the game winning goal on a PK in overtime?

“There’s nothing more fun than a huge group hug celebration with my team after a hard fought game,” Samples said.

FPD improves to 3-1 all-time against Savannah Christian and 3-0 in playoff games.

“It was a great win for our girls and they showed amazing perseverance,” FPD head coach Josh Trieste said, “While going down two goals is never ideal, I think we really got to see the character of our girls. They have really come together as a team and everyone made that possible. Savannah Christian played an outstanding match but I thought our girls really turned things on the last 10 minutes of the match and the last 10 minutes of overtime.”

The Lady Vikings will advance to play The Walker School in Atlanta on Saturday, May 7 at a time to be determined. It will be FPD’s sixth straight trip to the GHSA Elite Eight since joining the league in 2010.

The Lady Raiders got on the board in the first half at the 25-minut mark when Hannah Farmer scored one of her two goals to make it 1-0.

The game would remain scoreless the rest of the period and Savannah Christian led 1-0 at halftime with a 9-2 shot advantage.

In the second period, Farmer struck again within the first 10 minutes to give the Lady Raiders a 2-0 lead.

That’s when the Lady Vikings went on an incredible 4-1 run to end the match.

Elizabeth Nelson scored on a penalty kick with 26 minutes to play in regulation to make it a 2-1 match in favor of Savannah Christian.

The Lady Raiders would answer on a corner kick by Grace Morgan six minutes later to make it 3-1 Lady Raiders.

From there, FPD would go on a 3-0 run to claim the match.

Minutes after the Lady Raiders scored, Kate Patterson scored on a kick from long rage to make it 3-2 Savannah Christian.

Then, with 15 minutes to play, the equalizer came from Maggie Johnston came on an assist by Emma Lako to deadlock the match at 3-3.

Both teams would go the rest of regulation without scoring, forcing overtime.

In the first overtime, FPD and Savannah Christian traded possessions, but neither team could punch a goal in between the bars.

But in the second overtime period with three minutes on the clock, Jansyn Samples was fouled in the box to set up a penalty kick.

Samples would connect to make it 4-3 FPD and the Lady Viking defense held court for the victory over the final minutes of the second overtime period.

“That final 20-minute stretch (at the end) made me so proud and was the difference in the match,” Trieste said. “I’m looking forward to more soccer with this amazing group of girls.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the Lady Vikings heading into Saturday’s Elite 8 match.

For an updated GHSA Class-A Girls Soccer Tournament bracket, CLICK HERE.

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 4, SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN 3 (2 OT)

Goals: FPD – Elizabeth Nelson, Kate Patterson, Maggie Johnston, Jansyn Samples; SC – Hannah Farmer 2, Grace Morgan.

Assists: FPD – Emma Lako.

Shots: FPD 15, Savannah Christian 14.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 10; SC – 6.

Record: FPD 14-2-3.

Next: FPD at The Walker School, Time TBD, Saturday.