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Lady ’Landers win in first round

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POSTED: May 7, 2014 1:04 p.m.
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FPCA’s Brooke Standard heads the ball during Saturday’s playoff game against LaGrange. The Lady ’Landers won, 5-2.

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The First Presbyterian Christian Academy boys’ soccer team is in Saturday’s state-championship game after beating Monsignor Academy, 4-2, Monday in Athens.
Clark Sukaratana scored the first goal, but Monsignor answered with two goals to take the lead.
Highlander Stanford Graham tied the game off a penalty kick, and Domonique Kirkley knocked in a goal just before halftime to give the Highlanders the 3-2 edge.
In the second half, Tyler Causer punched in an insurance goal to seal the win.
“We played great, and now the boys are in the championship game at Frederica Academy in St. Simons,” FPCA coach Tom Sukaratana said.
The coach said the championship game will be a grudge rematch, as Frederica and his Highlander squad went head-to-head in the championship game last year. The Knights claimed the trophy.
While the game is set for Saturday, the time was not set at press time.
The FPCA girls’ soccer team cleared its first hurdle en route to another state championship-game berth by beating LaGrange Academy, 5-2, in a first-round playoff game last Saturday in LaGrange.
Mary Kathryn Whitney and Cecilia Graham each punched in two goals, and Mercedes Buckley scored one goal.
It’s been a whirlwind experience for Tom Sukaratana, who had to drive to LaGrange last Thursday for the boys’ first-round game, where the Highlanders beat Lafayette Christian School, 7-1. Sukaratana trekked back to Hinesville, but by late Friday night was in Macon with the girls’ team to cut the drive to LaGrange short and avoid an early wake-up call.
Like he did for the boys’ team, the coach stopped at Point University so the Lady ’Landers could check out the soccer facilities and use the field for pre-game warm-ups.
The girls’ team was scheduled to play Tuesday night against Sherwood Academy in the semifinals. Results were unavailable at press time.


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