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State Championship Bound! Lady Vikings Power Past Paideia 1-0 in Final Four

MACON, Ga. – It took 73 minutes and four seconds for the first goal to drop in Tuesday’s GHSA Class-A Final Four match between the FPD Lady Vikings and the Paideia Lady Pythons.

And in the end, it was Elizabeth Nelson’s goal for the Lady Vikings that held up as FPD (22-0) defeated the Paideia Lady Pythons 1-0 on Tuesday night at the FPD Soccer Complex.

The victory vaults FPD into the Championship Match on Friday, May 12, against The Wesleyan School Lady Wolves at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium at noon.

With 6:56 to play in the match, Nelson gathered a deflection on a shot by teammate Jansyn Samples and powered the ball into the upper left shelf of the goal from the top corner of the 18-yard box to send the bench and Viking Nation into a frenzy.

FPD’s defense held for the final duration of the match to take the win.

A defensive grind for the entire match, both squads battled to a 0-0 tie at halftime.

But FPD head coach Josh Trieste changed up the formation at intermission.

The result? A score just in the nick of time.

The Lady Vikings out-shot the Lady Pythons 11-7.

FPD keeper Caylee Ann Sutton snagged two saves in the winning bid. Paidea goalie Nora Sampson finished with three.

The Lady Vikings have now advanced to play in the State Championship match four times since joining the GHSA in 2010.

FPD won the Class-A State Title in 2011 and 2012. FPD’s most recent trip in 2014 resulted in a loss to Pace Academy.

This time, the Lady Vikings will look to complete the perfect season and, more importantly, hoist the championship trophy for the third time in the program’s GHSA era.

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.

For the updated GHSA Class-A Girls Soccer State 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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 1, PAIDEIA 0

Goals: FPD – Elizabeth Nelson.

Shots: FPD 11, Paideia 7.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 2; Paideia – Nora Sampson 3.

Record: FPD 22-0

Next: FPD v. Wesleyan, Friday at 12:00 p.m. in the Class-A State Championship at Mercer.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Elizabeth Nelson:

Gracie Matthews:

Head Coach Josh Trieste: