Lexington Catholic’s girls’ soccer team defeated Tates Creek, 4-1, a victory that locked up a district sweep for the visiting Knights on Wednesday night.
Catholic also locked up the No. 1 seed in the 43rd District Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Knights (11-5) have won 22 straight games against district foes, the last loss coming in double overtime against Paul Laurence Dunbar in the semifinals of the 2013 district tournament.
Knights Coach Terry Quigley said he “could not overstate how important” it is to take the top seed
Alexis Burdine scored Catholic’s first goal in the first minute off an assist from Kennedy Tranter, a University of Kentucky commit. The Knights went up 2-0 on a goal by Bailey Stephenson 11 minutes into the contest.
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Creek pulled within 2-1 in the 17th minute after a free-kick scrum that saw Emma Healy get a ball through.
“In the first few minutes there I thought it was gonna end up a 5-4 game,” Quigley said with a laugh.
He lauded the Knights’ defense for its second-half shutout. Olivia Williams started in goal for the Knights before Kalee Opalka relieved her in the 61st minute.
The Knights added insurance goals in the 55th (Abby Van Hoeve) and 62nd (Tranter) minutes.
LexCath’s next game is Monday at Simon Kenton, whom they defeated, 1-0, last week in the Lady Knights Challenge Cup at home. Tates Creek (8-5) travels to Paul Laurence Dunbar (6-3-2) on Monday.