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Final Four Bound! Girls Soccer Takes Down Pinecrest 2-0 in Elite Eight

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls soccer team is headed to familiar territory.

For the fourth time in the past six GHSA seasons, the Lady Vikings (21-0) are moving on to the Class-A Final Four after defeating the Pinecrest Academy Lady Paladins 2-0 at the FPD Soccer Complex on Friday night, May 5.

Dating back to the program’s GISA era, the Lady Vikings have now advanced to the Final Four nine out of the past 11 seasons. (FPD claimed the 2007 GISA State Title and the GHSA Class-A State Title in 2011 and 2012).

A pesky defensive match in the early going, both squads battled to a 0-0 tie after the first 40 minutes of action.

But in the second half the Lady Vikings broke through.

Less than three minutes into the second period, Emma Lako gathered a deflection off a Kate Patterson missed shot and powered it past Pinecrest keeper Ashley Triplett for a 1-0 lead.

Lako wasn’t finished, though.

With 31:22 to play in regulation, Jansyn Samples led Lako the full distance of the field. Lako gathered alone in the box and muscled the ball into the bottom right shelf of the goal for a 2-0 Lady Viking lead.

The FPD defense did the rest by not allowing a score en route to its 20th shutout of the 2017 campaign.

The Lady Vikings out-shot the Lady Paladins 15-6.

FPD keeper Caylee Ann Sutton picked up two saves to earn the win in goal. Triplett totaled seven saves in the loss.

FPD will host Paideia in the GHSA Class-A Final Four on Tuesday, May 9, at a time to be determined.

Paideia advanced to the Final Four with a 1-0 shutout against Calvary Day on Friday.

The Lady Vikings picked up the school’s first GHSA State Championship by defeating Paideia back in 2011.

Paideia returned the favor by knocking FPD out in the Final Four round in 2013.

Check www.fpdvikings.com, @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and FPD Athletics on Facebook for updates on the Lady Vikings in the 2017 GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:
FPD 2, PINECREST ACADEMY 0

Goals: FPD – Emma Lako 2.

Assists: FPD – Jansyn Samples 1.

Shots: FPD 15, Pinecrest 6.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 7; Pinecrest – Ashley Triplett 7.

Record: FPD 21-0.

Next: Paideia at FPD, TBD, Tuesday.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Emma Lako and Jansyn Samples:

Mia Ferro:

Head Coach Josh Trieste: