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Girls Soccer Storms Past Fellowship into GHSA Title Game

MACON, Ga. – It was a game that saw as many goals as there were lightning delays.

But in the end, it was the FPD Lady Vikings (19-0) storming past the Fellowship Christian Lady Paladins 2-1 in overtime to advance to the GHSA Class-A State Championship for the third time in four years.

The victory sets up a match against Pace Academy on Saturday at noon at Emory University for the title.

When asked to put playing for a state championship into words, several of the players simply could not.

“I don’t know what to think right now,” Amy Morgan said. “We’ve stuck together as a team and it has paid off.”

Added teammate Katey Griggs: “I don’t know if I can put playing for a state championship into words. This is a dream come true.”

Despite the few words, there were many plays to recount, but none bigger than the game-winning goal scored by Morgan.

With 55 seconds remaining in the first overtime period, Griggs intercepted a ball sent to the top of the box, booting it down the field where Morgan took two dribbles and powered it past the Fellowship keeper.

“What a play,” head coach Josh Trieste said. “They both anchored our center-mid tonight.”

It wasn’t all fun and games for the Lady Vikings. Coupled with multiple delays and sloppy field conditions, FPD found itself down 1-0 nearly 15 minutes into the second period when Sarah Kate Jones netted the Paladins first and only goal.

That’s when, according to Morgan, the team decided to turn into the aggressor.

“We were down 1-0 and we just had to persevere,” Morgan said. “We made up our mind after that goal that we had to fight back.”

Fight back the Lady Vikings did and with dramatic fashion.

With 6:03 remaining in regulation, the Lady Vikings evened the match when Morgan sent a cross into the box that found the foot of Maggie Johnston, who powered it in the net.

“That was big,” Trieste said. “All of our girls fought until the end and seeing their perseverance pay off is very exciting.”

Trieste says the goal by Johnston gave FPD a second wind in the postseason.

“Once we got that one, we could play our game,” Trieste said.

And it was Morgan’s goal that sends the Lady Vikings to a familiar territory: a GHSA State Championship match.

Goalkeeper Megan Sparks saw the final goal unfold from afar.

“I’m so glad we came away with the win,” Sparks said. “We’ve got one more to go.”

Visit www.fpdvikings.com for further details on Saturday’s championship match.

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, FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN 1 (OT)

Goals: FPD – Maggie Johnston, Amy Morgan; FC – Sarah Kate Jones.
Assists: FPD – Morgan, Katey Griggs.
Saves: FPD – Megan Sparks 9, FC – 9.
Shots: FPD 18, FC 11.
Shots on Goal: FPD 12, FC 9.
Record: FPD 19-0, Fellowship 11-5.
Next: FPD v. Pace Academy at Emory University (GHSA State Championship), 12:00 p.m., Saturday.

GAME NOTES:

-Amy Morgan scored her first goal of the GHSA State Playoffs, a game-winner against Fellowship.
-FPD remains undefeated on the season at 19-0.
-FPD keeper Megan Sparks had more saves (9) in tonight’s match than the first two games of the GHSA postseason combined (7).
-Maggie Johnston picked up her second goal of the GHSA postseason. Her first came in FPD’s Elite Eight win over Savannah Christian.
-The Lady Vikings totaled 37 steals on the night. Kate Patterson racked up a team-high 13 while Griggs had eight.
-FPD advances to its third GHSA State Championship in four years. FPD’s last state title was in 2012, a 3-2 win over Paideia.

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