This is how good the top girls' soccer teams in Lexington are expected to be this season:
Lexington Catholic is rated No. 2 in the state, behind Notre Dame.
The Lady Knights also are rated No. 2 in the city, behind Tates Creek.
The first rating mentioned was compiled by the Kentucky High School Girls' Soccer Coaches Association. The latter is the result of the Herald-Leader polling city coaches.
Terry Quigley, in his 20th season as Catholic's coach, doesn't dispute being ranked second in the city.
"I think it's fair," he said.
Bo Lankster, whose Tates Creek team is No. 5 in the state poll, said the city rank won't affect his players.
"I don't think it really matters what everybody else thinks we are," he said. "I don't think it's any added pressure. We got a team that brought back a lot of players, and we have high expectations that we place on ourselves.
"There are a lot of really, really good teams that are in our city and our surrounding area, and we're not going to take anything for granted."
Catholic and Creek each play season openers Monday.
Notre Dame, the top-ranked team in the state, will visit Catholic. The Lady Knights will follow that match by facing No. 9 Highlands on Wednesday, city rival Henry Clay the following Monday and No. 3 Sacred Heart on Aug. 24.
"We've always tried to schedule hard in the beginning so we can learn right away," Quigley said. "It's better to learn early and make corrections and get ready for the end."
Catholic went 19-4-1 last season, losing the regional finals in a shootout against Tates Creek.
The Lady Commodores went on to reach the state quarterfinals, where they fell to Lexington Christian to finish with a 17-6-4 record.
Lankster says the playoff experience will be something that his team can draw upon, taking into account that the Commodores finished the year minus four starters due to injuries.
"We weren't exactly healthy, but we were playing harder at that point in the season, and with a lot of attitude," Lankster said. "That's really what you have to have. You have to play with a passion, and ... it's about how hard you play at that point in the year."
Creek's match Monday against Franklin County is the first of four over a six-day period in the iHigh Fayette County Soccer Frenzy at Paul Dunbar. Also in the grouping are Dunbar and Nelson County.
"All three teams in our group are good soccer teams," Lankster said. "I think all those teams were young teams last year, and they were all solid, so they will all bring back a lot of good players, as well. So that's going to allow us to kind of measure ourselves at this point."
In the city poll, the top two teams are followed by Henry Clay, Dunbar, 2010 state runner-up Lexington Christian, Sayre, Lafayette and Bryan Station. However, it should be noted that only six of the eight coaches voted, and two of the voters listed only two teams.