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First Presbyterian teams place in region
Goal! Coach Tom Sukaratana (right) lead his varsity team to a regional playoff and his B-team to a second place win in the region. - photo by Photo provided.
First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s varsity and B-squad soccer teams continue to kick in the points and tally up the wins. Head coach Tom Sukaratana is pleased with the performance of both of his squads.

The boy’s varsity team advance to the playoffs after a 5-2 victory over Georgia Christian in Valdosta.
“With the win we tied for second place in the region,” Sukaratana said. “The decision was then broken into head-to-head competition and we were still tied for second place based on that so they brought it down to the point differential and by one point we ended up in third place,” he said.
Ranked number three in the Southern Region, FPCA will now travel to Stockbridge to play against the number two-ranked team in the northern region, Community Christian Academy. The two teams battle it out tomorrow at 5 p.m.

In their first year of competition this young squad, comprised primarily of sixth through ninth graders, ends their season in second place in their B- team region. During their final tournament at Mount DeSales Cavalier Complex in Macon, the FPCA team played three back-to-back soccer games against tough regional opponents and  had their first and only loss of the season.
Coming into the tournament ranked number three, the Highlanders’ played Tattnall Square Academy in game one.  Highlander Colin Williams scored the first goal, literally stealing the ball out of the goalie’s hand. Kristian Eby provided the Highlanders’ second point of the game in a penalty kick for a 2-1 victory.
With a victory under their belt the Highlanders’ immediately took the field again, this time facing the number two-seeded Frederica Academy.
“We controlled the ball this whole game,” Sukaratana said. “We had six one-on-ones and missed a few opportunities. Otherwise this game would have been a blowout for us,” he said.
 With both teams battling it out defensively it would not be until the second half when Williams, off an assist by Clark Sukaratana, kicked in the one and only goal in the game and another 1-0 victory for the Highlanders.
This victory meant that the Highlanders’ would face the top seeded Mount DeSales Cavaliers (13-1). The Cavaliers’ only loss this season was at the hands of the Highlanders earlier this year. The Highlanders hoped to contain the Cavaliers and did so throughout most of the first half, holding them to only one goal. But the Cavaliers came out strong in the second half and eventually won with a 5-1 score. The Highlanders’ one goal came from Eby.
“We finished in second place for the B-team and this is their first season playing,” Sukaratana said. “That’s not bad at all, and to know this was their only defeat, I’m proud of the teams’ accomplishments.”
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