There are teams that play like family and, on occasion, a team that is partly an actual family.
Brothers Pacific and Cubaka Mutayongwa scored goals Tuesday night, lifting Tates Creek to a 2-1 victory over visiting Lexington Catholic.
Pacific, a senior, netted the only goal of the first half.
After Catholic rallied in the second half, Cubaka, a sophomore, bagged the game-winner with 16:22 left as the Commodores extended their perfect start to this season to five matches.
Also part of the winning team was a third Mutayongwa brother, junior Adolfe.
The Mutayongwas, natives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been in Kentucky for about 18 months.
They have adjusted just fine, thank you, to become key players for the Commodores.
"I saw (the ball) and then I saw the keeper," Pacific said of his goal, which came with 27:32 left in the half. "I couldn't believe it, that opportunity. I had to take care of business. I need to finish every opportunity I get in the game."
He did, launching a 20-yard bullet from the right edge of the semicircle atop the box.
Creek dominated the other scoring chances in the half, but faced a different Catholic team after intermission.
The Knights (3-3-2) tied when Thomas Hayes put one in from nearly the same spot where Pacific Mutayongwa had taken his shot.
"It was a good game. We've got some weaknesses that we still haven't tightened up, and they took advantage of them," Catholic Coach Jonathon Kincheloe said. "They finished their opportunities and they put us under a lot of pressure.
"We made some adjustments at halftime and it created some opportunities for us. But, for the most part, they dictated the pace of the game."
Cubaka Mutayongwa's goal was set up by Andrew Carter, who dribbled low into the right side of the penalty box and then centered a pass. Cubaka, about 10 yards off the goal line, connected with a solid one-timer.
"Andrew passed me a nice ball," Cubaka said. "We have been practicing this with Coach (Brandon) Turek, so all the credit goes to him. He pushed us on that. He pushed me especially on that, and I took care of what he showed me, and did exactly what I had to do."
The game was physical throughout, filled with more than 20 fouls.
"I expected a very tough 80-, 85-minute game, and that's what it was," Turek said.
What made the difference was, he added, "Luck. I think it was sheer desire and luck. It was a very hard-fought game both ways, and the ball just kind of seemed to drop in our favor tonight."
Unofficial statistics had Creek outshooting the Knights 12-7.
Blake Parker made three saves in the Creek goal, while Catholic counterpart Benji Headley had the same total.
Tates Creek 2, Lexington Catholic 1
G—LC: Thomas Hayes. TC: Pacific Mutayongwa, Cubaka Mutayongwa.
GK—LC: Benji Headley. TC: Blake Parker.
Records: Lex. Catholic 3-3-2, Tates Creek 5-0.
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.