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Girls Soccer Blanks SCPS, Advances to GHSA Final Four

MACON, Ga. – The streak continues.

The Lady Vikings soccer team, unbeaten at the FPD Soccer Complex since March of 2008, kept to its winning ways Saturday night, shutting out the Savannah Christian Prep School Lady Raiders 2-0 to advance to its fourth consecutive GHSA Final Four.

The win sets up a match against Fellowship Christian on Wednesday night with a time to be determined.

“Tonight was one of those games we kept persevering,” head coach Josh Trieste said. “This team expects to win and we kept grinding it out until we go some opportunities.”

One of those opportunities was converted with 13:54 remaining in the first period when Sara Robertson found Jane Howell on a long direct kick to give the Lady Vikings (18-0) a 1-0 lead.

“I always look for Jane,” Robertson said. “She’s great at finishing and very good when the ball is in the air.”

FPD’s second score came with 15 minutes to go in the match when Howell hooked up with Maggie Johnston from 15 yards out.

“I didn’t think it was going to go in at first,” Johnston said. “But then I looked up and saw it went in. It was a lot of relief knowing that second goal went in and it gave us a chance to relax a little more.”

Trieste says even though the Lady Vikings weren’t as sharp on the field, he still believes the club has some of its greatest soccer ahead.

“We know we have to be really off when we play on this field,” Trieste said. “We have to keep working on getting better at the small things that are required of good playoff teams the further we advance.”

Robertson, who anchors the FPD back line, agrees.

“We will definitely have to pay attention,” Robertson said. “(Fellowship) will have some good forwards but we are excited about the opportunity to compete.”

Check the FPD Girls Soccer Homepage for the game time for Wednesday’s match in the coming days.

FPD’s first GHSA State Championship in school history came against Fellowship in 2011, a 1-0 win.

Fellowship defeated Paidea 4-3 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four.

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.

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 2, SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN 0

Goals: FPD – Jane Howell, Maggie Johnston.
Assists: FPD – Sara Robertson, Howell.
Saves: FPD – Megan Sparks 6; SC – Morgan Combs 4.
Shots: FPD 12, SC 6.
Record: FPD 18-0.
Next: Fellowship Christian at FPD, Time TBD, Wednesday (May 14).

NOTES:

-Howell has scored in every postseason game for FPD.

-The Lady Vikings are now 18-0 on the season.

-FPD racked up 39 steals on the night. Katey Griggs led the team with 10 while Kate Patterson had five.

-FPD and Savannah Christian took four corner kicks each.

-The win is FPD’s 14th shutout of the 2014 season.

-FPD has advanced to nine straight Final Fours dating back to GISA competition.