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FPCA soccer continues winning streak
FPCA credits coach Tom Sukaratana for success
Front row (l-r) Ryan Weinerth, Stanford Graham, Woody Gregory, Tyler Buckley, Zachary Vasquez, Tyler Causer, Dylan McGarry, Chris Martin and Garrett Thorton. Back Row (l-r) April Causer, Austin Buchs, Tyler Toms, Carson Smith, Phillip Swindell, Clark Sukaratana, Ricky Gilliard, Marquis King, Justin Stewart, Zach James and coach Tom Sukaratana. - photo by Submitted / Coastal Courier
The First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s JV soccer team returned to Macon on Sept. 22 to compete in the first annual C Team Challenge hosted by First Presbyterian Day School.
Teams from all over the state of Georgia came to play in this new tournament exclusive to middle school athletes. The champion and runner up are decided by a point system based on the team’s record for the tournament.
Sixth graders Phillip Swindell, Clark Sukaratana and Tyler Causer, started strong in their match against First Presbyterian Day School. Swindell scored the first goal of the match. Sukaratana scored a goal with an assist by Causer and then Causer followed up with a goal assisted by Sukaratana in the 3-0 win.
The tactical coaching the team receives from head coach Tom Sukaratana was executed flawlessly in these goals.
The second match of the day was against John Milledge Academy. The defense on both teams showed their strength by not allowing a single goal the entire game. Despite numerous attempts to score by the opposition, sixth-grade goalie Zachary Vasquez could not be penetrated.
In their third game, the Highlanders faced fierce competition from Calvary Christian School. The opponent’s team displayed their experience and scored the first goal. With a precise set play, Stanford Graham assisted Causer with a goal for the Highlanders to go into the half, tied. In the second half again Calvary Christian scored first. Graham then answered their goal by scoring one for the Highlanders off an assist by Sukaratana. This match ended in a tie with both teams highly anticipating their next challenge with each other.
In the final game against Westside Baptist School, FPCA won 6-0. Scoring his first of two goals in under 20 seconds, Causer set the tone of the high scoring game. With assists by Graham and sixth grader Christopher Martin, Swindell scored two goals. Tyler Buckley and Zach James each scored a goal for the Highlanders.
With a total of 24 points for two wins and two ties, FPCA took second place in this tournament edged out by Calvary Christian with 27 points. With their team consisting of mainly sixth grade players FPCA proved fiercely competitive against the opposition with mainly seventh and eighth grade athletes. This is the second time Coach Sukaratana’s JV team played at First Presbyterian Day School. Two weeks ago, this team won the B-Team Showcase open for sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders.
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