FPD girls soccer looks to take care of unfinished business in state championship

FPD will face Athens Academy for the A-Private state championship tomorrow at Mercer's Five Star Stadium./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- It was a bitter pill to swallow to end last season for the First Presbyterian Day girls soccer team. The Lady Viking's first loss of the 2017 season came in the GHSA class A championship game against Wesleyan.

This year, the team set out to take care of some unfinished business. FPD has made it back to the state title game -- again with an undefeated record -- facing Athens Academy to keep their perfect season in tact and to claim the state championship that eluded them last season.

Head coach Josh Trieste says that the team has had a year to get past that loss in 2017, and is now a different squad heading into this year's title game.

"We didn't finish it last year, but we felt like at least in the final, we were not the better team," coach Trieste said. "And this year, on any given day I feel like we could be the best team. So I'll be a little disappointed if we don't pull this one out."

The Lady Vikings enter this game with a 21-0 record, and the seniors want nothing more than to lead FPD with the legacy of an undefeated, state champion season.

"Just knowing that this is what I would leave at FPD as my legacy of winning that state championship for soccer in 2018 would just be absolutely incredible," senior striker Sadie Frame said. "I cannot wait for it on Saturday, so I'm very excited."

It's been an absolutely dominant stretch for the Lady Vikings in these playoffs. They have yet to allow a goal so far, outscoring their postseason opponents 21-0 through four games.

It's been a long year, but the Lady Vikings are finally back to finish what they started a year ago. Kickoff for the class A girls state championship against Athens Academy is Saturday May 12 at 12:00 p.m. at Mercer's Five Star Stadium.

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