Viking Recap: Girls Soccer Falls to Walker in PK’s in GHSA Elite Eight

MARIETTA, Ga. – The 2016 varsity girls soccer season came to an end on Saturday night, May 7, as the Lady Vikings (14-2-4), the no. 2 seed from Area-2, tied The Walker School Lady Wolverines (16-2), the no. 1 seed from Area-7, 2-2 at then end of regulation before falling in penalty kicks 4-2.

“I know this loss hurts right now, but our girls battled the entire match,” FPD head coach Josh Treiste said. “We got behind twice and found a way to come back and force overtime. I’m extremely proud of their effort, heart and character they showed in this match and all season long.”

The Lady Vikings, indeed, battle back twice.

Down 1-0 after a Walker goal by Kendall Baker at 32:58, the Lady Vikings got on the board with 18 minutes to play in the first period when Karsten Herron powered a shot past of a pass from Elizabeth Nelson past the Walker keeper to even the match at 1-1.

Both teams would head into the locker room tied at 1-1.

In the second half, it was nearly the same story.

Baker knocked one in on a header inside the box of a direct kick with 24 minutes to play the give the Lady Wolverines what seemed like a commanding 2-1 lead.

But with 14 minutes to play, the Lady Vikings bounced back again, this time on a Jansyn Samples goal assisted by Kate Patterson to tie the match at 2-2.

Both teams would go scoreless in each five minute overtime periods, forcing PK’s.

FPD dropped their first two and Walker make their first two for a 2-0 lead.

In the end, Walker walked away winning PK’s and advancing to the GHSA Class-A Final Four, where they will meet Atlanta International.

“The girls gave it all they had, and as a coach that’s all you can ask for,” Trieste said. “We had some looks early and late in the match that probably should have gone in. But, they didn’t and we came up just short.”

The Lady Vikings graduate one senior off the 2016 roster in Maggie Johnston, who compete in track and field at Samford Universirt upon her departure from FPD.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks Johnston and the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to FPD athletics. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

Check and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity girls soccer team in the off-season.

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(Walker advances on PK’s 4-2)

Goals: FPD – Karste Herron, Jansyn Smaples; Walker – Kendall Baker 2.

Assists: FPD – Elizabeth Nelson, Kate Patterson.

Shots: FPD 14, Walker 9.

Saves: FPD – Caylee Ann Sutton 0; Walker Keeper – 6.

Records: FPD 14-2-4; Walker 16-2.

Next: End of season for FPD.