Right from the first whistle Tuesday, the FPD girls soccer team controlled just about every facet of its GHSA Class A second-round playoff win over Eagle’s Landing Christian.
The flow of the game went FPD’s way in the 3-0 victory, a win that sent the Vikings (16-3) to Friday’s quarterfinals and a home game against Savannah Country Day. The Vikings kept the ball on the ELCA side of the midfield line for most of the contest, and they nearly kept the Chargers from recording a shot or corner kick until yielding one of each late in the game.
The only place where FPD couldn’t find instant success, however, was on the scoreboard. It took more than a dozen shots and almost 37 minutes of action for the Vikings to put the ball past ELCA goalkeeper Parker Pinholster, who came up with several big saves against a pressing FPD offense.
“We definitely had some opportunities,” FPD midfielder Jane Howell said. “Their goalkeeper was great. I give her props for that game. But we definitely should have finished some of those balls. Next time, I think we’ll get them in.”
FPD finally made something happen with 3:08 to go before halftime when freshman forward Sadie Frame knocked a loose ball off a deflected shot into the net.
At the half, FPD had a 15-0 edge in shots and a 5-0 advantage in corners, but only one goal to show for it.
“It was a challenge,” Frame said. “With Maggie (Johnston) coming in and getting the ball across, getting it into the goal was really exciting. It was hard to get past their defense because we had to get used to it. It was a good challenge, and we were able to fight through it.”
Brooke Battson extended FPD’s lead with a goal 8:25 into the second half, scoring off a feed from Frame. Johnston rolled a grounder inside the right goalpost with 15:27 to go off an assist from Howell for the Vikings’ other goal.